‘A refreshingly critical contribution to the major debates in sports studies, this volume will nicely complement the conventional texts. The entries are well structured, introducing and explaining the arguments, and then applying them to current sports policies and controversies. I admire the material and will recommend it to my students’ — Professor Dave Harris, University College Plymouth, Marjon

Written by experienced academics use to teaching the subject, this book will help students and researchers find their way within the diverse field of sport studies. Clear, well researched entries explain the key concepts in the debates surrounding the social significance and social dynamics of sport. Each entry provides:

  • Clear Definitions
  • Relevant Examples
  • Up-to-date Suggestions for Further Reading
  • Informative Cross-Referencing

Valuable in its parts and indispensable as a whole, this book will provide a stimulating, practical guide to the relationship between sport and society.




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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