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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 term habitus is most commonly associated with the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, although as Tomlinson (2004) notes, it was first used by the anthropologist Marcel Mauss. Habitus is a pivotal concept in Bourdieu's theoretical framework, along with the associated concepts of field and capital. The complexity and range of Bourdieu's conceptual work, makes any kind of synthesis difficult (Laberge and Kay, 2002), particularly in this limited space. So my intention here is to give a brief introduction to habitus (and capital), and to outline its relevance to sport sociologists. For a detailed consideration of how habitus (along with capital, field and practice) emerges in Bourdieu's work, how it has been adopted to study sports and physical activity practices and cultures, and how it ...

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