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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’s Organisation and Governance
Sport’s Organisation and Governance
3.1 Introduction

This chapter examines the organisational structure and ongoing development of modern sport and will further extend the analysis of the social processes that have influenced the structure of modern sport introduced in Chapter 2. Its principal aims are therefore to further extend your sociological understanding of how the familiar structures of contemporary sport were, in part, the historical product of an emergent middle class that influenced modernity through the imposition of an interconnected set of ideologies based on the introduction of rational and bureaucratic controls over vast swathes of social life. One of the outcomes of this process was the construction of a complex web of national and international organisational structures and forms of sport governance ...

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