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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:

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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 ...


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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