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  • Contents
  • Subject index

‘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 ...

Identity and Difference
Identity and difference

Identity is about belonging, about what you have in common with some people and what differentiates you from others. At its most basic it gives you a sense of personal location, the stable core to your individuality. But it is also about your social relationships, your complex involvement with others. (Weeks, 1990: 88, quoted in Rutherford, 1990: 88)

What is it?

Identity is a widely used term across the social sciences and humanities, referring in the broadest sense to who we are, and the ways in which an individual understands him or herself as a being. However, its use, meaning and theorisation differ considerably between disciplines. For example, psychologists tend to be interested in personal identity – that is, our construction of ...

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