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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 ...

The Body/Embodiment (Health and Exercise)
The body/embodiment (health and exercise)
Bodies Matter

The body is fundamental to all forms of sporting practice. Yet in sport, as in many other spheres, practically and theoretically the body has been confined to the sphere of the natural sciences, especially biology and medicine (and the ‘mind’ to philosophy and psychology). This annexation reflects the ‘rationalist bias in Western culture’ (Hargreaves, 1987: 139) which entails a dualism in which the body and mind are separated, with the mind representing civilisation and the body representing nature. It is therefore hard, in Western thought, to imagine the body as anything other than a ‘natural phenomenon’. Thus it is only very recently that the sociology of sport – mirroring sociology more widely – has taken ...

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