Informalisation and Sport: The Case of Jogging/Running in the USA (1960–2000)
This chapter deals with the application of informalisation theory to sports. More specifically, it explores the informalising and reformalising phases occurring in the development of jogging/running in the USA (1960–2000). A spiralling fashion of informalising and reformalising trends was observed in the changes of jogging/running during three different periods: 1st period (informalisation), during the 1960s and 1970s, constituting the first jogging explosion; 2nd period (early reformalisation), during the 1980s; and 3rd period (consolidated reformalisation), during the 1990s, constituting the second explosion of running.
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