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Introduction to Sport Sociology
Introduction to Sport Sociology
1.1 Introduction

From its fairly humble beginnings as a number of fairly localised village games, sport has grown in less than two centuries into a worldwide phenomenon. As well as being one of the world’s biggest industries, with an estimated global value that has grown over the last decade alone from an estimated $100 billion in 2006 to $145 billion in 2015, sport is now an expected social and cultural element of all societies. Indeed, it could be argued that, today, for a country to be acknowledged as a nation, there are really only two criteria: (1) being formally recognised by the United Nations (UN) and (2) being accepted as a nation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ...

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