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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 ...


Ethnography is a qualitative research method which originated in the field of anthropology where it was used to study cultures seen as ‘exotic’ or unfamiliar in ‘the Westrsquo;. The term ‘ethnography’ is used to describe both the research style and the ‘written product of that research activity’ (Atkinson, 1990: 3). The ‘Chicago School’ of urban sociologists – writers such as Howard Becker, Albert Cohen, Robert Park, Ned Polsky and William F. Whyte – who were prominent from the 1940s to the mid-1960s and were committed to symbolic interactionism, have also had a seminal influence on the development of the ‘genre’ of sociological ethnography (Atkinson, 1990). They helped to fix its focus on the micro community, subculture or sub-world.

The aim of ethnography is to comprehend the ...

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