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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, Climate Change and Sustainability
Sport, Climate Change and Sustainability

Although knowledge of our planet’s fragile ecosystems and understanding of humanity’s impact on Earth have improved … the state of the environment remains a major cause for concern. Climate change is real. Overconsumption of natural resources driven by unprecedented economic growth, globalisation and the inexorable rise in world population is clearly not sustainable in the long term. (IOC Commission for Sport and Environment, 2012, p. 10)

12.1 Introduction

As modernity globalised, social life became ever more urbanised, with highly differentiated social roles reliant on efficient processes of production and distribution of the material necessities of everyday life. Sport was equally embedded within and reliant on these processes. The appeal of improving lifestyles, exciting new forms of consumption ...

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