‘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.



To begin, postmodernism and postmodernity are, in essence, two different concepts. Whilst obviously related it is important to note that the terms are used to define distinct historical, social and intellectual developments.

Postmodernism relates to the philosophical body of thought that attempts a theoretical understanding and analysis of the contemporary moment – notably capitalist development from the latter half of the twentieth century. Theoretically, postmodernism is predicated upon the intellectual refutation and rejection of modernist thought systems. Modernity represents the historical period that emerges with the advent of scientific, intellectual, technological and social revolution in eighteenth century Europe. This period is known as the Enlightenment and distinguishes the rational, secular modern world from the world that preceded it – the world of religion and superstition. ...

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