‘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.



Sexuality can be understood in many different ways. It can be considered in relation to sexual activity and sexual identity, and debated in relation to social construction theory, to social control, or to political, economic and social practices. The study of sexuality and sport developed recently, and, interestingly, tends to highlight the experiences of heterosexual women, lesbians and gay men. For example, sports feminists have revealed the ways heterosexual women's sexuality is represented in sport practices and texts, such as the media, and lesbian and gay experiences in sport have been used to expose discriminatory practices evident in hegemonic sports such as football (both the British and USA versions). In addition to these existing accounts, transsexuality and transgender are emerging as an important focus of ...

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