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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
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  • Up-to-date Suggestions for Further Reading
  • Informative Cross-Referencing

Valuable in its parts and indispensable as a whole, this book will provide ...


Fandom – the cultural signification and performance of being a fan – has been one of the most dynamic and most contested concepts within recent sociological discussions of sport. Whilst the paying spectator has been an integral element of the economics of sport, tied as it is to the development of professionalism and commercialisation of society during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (Horne et al., 1999), by the outbreak of World War One (1914), having to pay to see sporting events was an established part of the patterns of British leisure and national cultural life (Dobbs, 1973). The notion of fandom, however, is a much more recent development within sports culture.

The Oxford English Dictionary dates popular usage of the term to 1903, ...

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