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Any study of sport is incomplete without consideration of its social function and structures, its economic impacts both locally and globally, and its political dimension – particularly when used by nations for competitive gain. Sport Sociology provides a comprehensive overview for any student taking a course on the subject at college or university, including both established and emergent themes, from issues around power, diversity and consumerism through to newer topics such as the digital environment and climate change – both now covered in new individual chapters. Other chapters have been fully revised to include up-to-date literature and case studies, as well as new key terms and reflective tasks. A new ‘Key Thinker’ box feature included in each chapter introduces readers to an esteemed theorist relevant ...

Sport in a Digital Age
Sport in a Digital Age
11.1 Introduction: Living in a Digital Age

In opening her exploration of sociology in a digital age, Lupton (2015, p. 1) recognises the evident truism, ‘We now live in a digital society. New digital technologies have had a profound influence on everyday life, social relations, government, commerce, the economy and the dissemination of knowledge’. Meeting friends, buying items, entertainment choices, activity selection, holiday destinations, etc., are increasingly mediated through digital platforms. A typical living room includes a diverse array of digital technologies that have, over the last few decades, permeated everyday life including sport and leisure.

The scale and complexity of electronic developments such as electronic libraries, search engines and supermarkets, in turn, necessitate new navigational tools ...

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