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  • Subject index

‘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 Civilising Process
The civilising process

The Civilising Process is the title of a book first published in two volumes in 1939 by the German social philosopher Norbert Elias. The book ranges over a number of themes – none of which, as it happens, is sport, which is mentioned only in passing – and, taken together, these themes describe a process which roughly equates to the development of modernity and the nation state in Western Europe. The first volume of the book was originally called The History of Manners and is concerned with growing restraint in society, from the late Middle Ages onward, with regard to the human body. This covers bodily functions and also damage to the body by spontaneous violence, such violence having been ...

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