• Summary
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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 ...

Class and Gender Differentiation in Sport
Class and Gender Differentiation in Sport
5.1 Introduction

This chapter introduces some of sport sociology’s most powerful and enduring concepts. From the first forays of sociological interest into sport to the present day, we consider how the social structure and experience of sport have been impacted by social stratification, differentiation, power and inequality. Although many of these issues are explored in other chapters (notably Chapter 6), the intent here will be to focus specifically on how categorisations of people and groups on the basis of their social class or gender have impacted (and continue to impact), how sport is socially constructed, and what this might mean for their participation and experience of sport.

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