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‘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 ...


The application and study of ethics to sporting contexts has been one of the most prolific areas of intellectual activity in recent years. The growing importance and influence of commercial interests and the changing importance of sport within wider society have obliged both academics and administrators to address fundamental issues about the values associated with, and expressed by, sporting practices and practitioners. Key issues here include: values; fairness and fair play; equality; exploitation; violence, injury and risk; doping and drugs; and human rights (see e.g. Loland et al., 2006; McFee, 2004; Miah, 2004).

Although often used interchangeably with the term morality in modern everyday usage, ethics refers to the ways in which morals (universal codes or principles of right conduct) are understood and studied. According ...

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