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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 ...


Few academic subjects have lent themselves so readily to pithy quotation as the discipline of history.1 Some historians, the eminent historian Arnold Toynbee once suggested, ‘hold that history is just one damn thing after another’. History is, after all, the study of the past – ‘a foreign country’ according to the novelist L.P. Hartley – and the things that happened there. It sounds simple enough, but it's possible that the writing of history has never been a more contentious matter than it is today. The question of what constitutes history has become increasingly difficult to answer and it is now linked to a second question – whether history, in the sense that that word has commonly been understood, is possible at all.

Fifty years ago ...

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