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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 ...

Globalisation/Anti-Globalisation
Globalisation/anti-globalisation

In recent years the process of globalisation has been identified as a main cause of economic, social, cultural and political change across the world (Robertson, 1992). Although there is fairly unanimous agreement within the social sciences that globalisation is a significant process shaping the world we live in, Rowe (2003) draws our attention to the fact that these processes and their apparent consequences are highly contested. He suggests that theories of globalisation span a wide spectrum of thought, best characterised at one end ‘as a technical term describing the greater economic, political, technological and communicative connectivity’, and at the other end of the spectrum as a process of transformation ‘systematically eroding locally specific structures and practices, and imminently ushering in a common global culture’ ...

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