‘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.

‘Race’ and Ethnicity

‘Race’ and ethnicity

Contrary to popular supposition, these two words do not mean the same thing, although they are often, even in official documentation, used interchangeably. Many people, including most scientists, now doubt the usefulness of the word ‘race’ and when used in sociological literature it now usually appears in inverted commas (as above).

Furthermore, and again contrary to a widespread assumption, we all have an ethnicity. It's not something that only certain people(s) have access to.

The word ‘race’ first appeared in the English language in the sixteenth century. It was used then to mean a people with an identifiable culture and, therefore, a shared destiny – for example, the Saxons or the Celts. People were perceived to have fixed characteristics – as poets, ...

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