‘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.



Methods are the systematic approaches and techniques employed in compiling a research data set, and how these approaches are operationalised in the field throughout the research process. ‘Methodology’ – effectively the theory of method – is a central subject area within the philosophy of knowledge and it asks critical questions about how social scientists (and scientists in general) collect and interpret evidence to support, or disprove, particular observations or claims. The question of how scientific claims are verified and attain the status of fact has itself become a prominent methodology in its own right, particularly within post-structuralist approaches to social enquiry (see Discourse and Post-Structuralism).

Methodology and Sports Studies

According to Andrews et al. (2005: 1) the evolution of sports studies has comprised an ‘eclectic mix ...

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