‘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.



The term ‘politics’ derives from the ancient word ‘polis’, meaning a city state. There is no universally agreed meaning to the word today, but it is generally accepted to refer to the pursuit and exercise of power. This is invariably in relation to the formal practice of government, and the phrase ‘going into politics’, used to describe the embrace of politics as a profession, assumes its separateness from the rest of social life. (You cannot go into something without going out of something else.) A ‘policy’ is a plan of action and the word is used, ordinarily but not exclusively, in relation to formal political bodies, such as governments, ministries and political parties. Most modern governments now have a declared sports policy of some ...

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