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Hegemony is a term that has had increasing currency in British sociology since the 1970s. It has also, for reasons that this section should make plain, now become widely used in sports studies. It grew more acceptable and attractive as a term as the concept of ‘ideology’ became less so. This means that, to an extent, a review of the recent history of the two terms is necessary to explain ‘hegemony’.

Ideology is defined and explained at greater length elsewhere in this book (see Ideology). Here we can take it simply to be a set of beliefs and values comprising a view of the world that is false, distorted or partial. Intentionally or not, this view of the world will serve the interests of a ...

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