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Chapter 5: Class and Gender Differentiation in Sport

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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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