‘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 a stimulating, practical guide to the relationship between sport and society.

Imperialism/The Post-Colonial

Imperialism/The post-colonial

Imperialism is the ‘imposition of the power of one state over the territories of another, normally by military means, in order to exploit subjugated populations and extract economic and political advantages’ (Abercrombie et al., 2000: 173). With regard to the analysis of sport as a social and historical phenomenon, the most important empire was the British, fashioned, like other European empires, largely in the nineteenth century (see e.g. Kiernan, 1982). By the beginning of the First World War, these empires controlled over four-fifths of the world's land mass. In the British instance, as with other European empires, imperialism ordinarily took the form of colonialism: that is, territories were governed directly by an administrative class imported from the imperial power, which imposed its own ...

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