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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 ...

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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