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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 ...


Until the early 1960s the word ‘gender’ was probably most commonly used in relation to the study of language, rather than of human affairs: the French language, for example, designates certain words as ‘male’ or ‘femalersquo;. During the 1960s, however, the issue of gender became central to the politics of culture – arguments, in other words, over how we should live – and, since the 1970s, gender has been a central theme in Western sociology. The word ‘gender’ refers to the social roles and identities typically ascribed to one sex or the other in any given human society. The politicisation of the word over the last 50 years or so has represented an attempt by feminists to do away with the biological determinism of ...

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