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‘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 ...

Social Class
Social class

‘The history of all hitherto existing society’, as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote in their Manifesto of the Communist Party of 1848, ‘is the history of class struggles’ (1965: 39). This is a useful starting point for discussing the concept of social class, for three reasons. First, for many of the sociologists and historians who have analysed sport, class is a given – a central and crucial fact of life in all but the earliest human societies. Class, that's to say, could not be escaped or dismissed as a matter of, say, snobbery or the ‘politics of envy’; it was there, as a decisive factor – for Marx, the decisive factor – in history and in the lives of individuals. Second, ...

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