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The principal purpose of this book is to provide an informed and readable guide to a range of debates about sport as a social phenomenon. To that end, the book has been organised around the concepts that seemed to the contributors to have been most central to these debates.

The writers of the book have each been teaching about the social aspects of sport for some years. This has entailed the use of a number of academic disciplines – chiefly history, politics, philosophy and sociology. The various sections in the book draw intermittently on each of these disciplines, but especially on sociology. Sociology, by its very nature, is about the relatedness of related things and it is inevitable therefore – and quite proper – that ...

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