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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 ...

State, Nation, Nationalism
State, nation, nationalism

The Dictionary of Sociology defines the state thus:

a set of institutions governing a particular territory, with a capacity to make laws regulating the conduct of the people within that territory, and supported by revenue deriving from taxation. The capacity to make and enforce law is dependent on the state's enjoyment of a monopoly of legitimate force. (Abercrombie et al., 2000: 343–4)

It's fair to say that, among sociologists, this definition has wide, but perhaps not universal acceptance.

States are historical phenomena: that's to say they have not always existed. Indeed many societies have, or have had, no state. Tribal societies, for example, typically have no written laws or separate institutions for dealing with, say, education, illness, crime or political decision making: typically ...

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