Sport Sociology


Peter Craig

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    About the Author

    Peter Craig is Principal Lecturer in sport sociology in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Activity University of Bedfordshire. He is both a scholar and an activist in regard to the role that sport plays in the reproduction and transformation of everyday life. His current research interests are focused on the health, well-being and physical activity and the contradictions facing our current models of sport within the context of capitalism’s persistent crises and a clanging global climate.


    Though the modern world has for the past two centuries shaped the familiar structure and meaning of sport it need to be acknowledged that we are living in an era of dramatic social, economic and environmental changes. Sport has an almost unique global scope and presence in this transforming world. When viewed through a range of sociological theories and concepts the contemporary world of sport can be recognised as located within the growing disjunctures and intersections between: the natural world and the urban world; the global and the local; the individual and the collective and our perceptions of security and fear that are allied the maintenance of social order and the threat of disorder and change. Sport sociology is a challenging and exciting journey that will guide you through a systematic analysis and understanding of sport’s place within this ‘transformational era’ of human history.

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