• Summary
  • Contents
  • 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 Environment
The environment

‘The environment’ is defined by the current Concise Oxford Dictionary as, among other things, ‘the totality of the physical conditions on the earth or a part of it, esp[ecially] as affected by human activity’ (Thompson, 1995: 452). The term ‘the environment’ has an ambiguous place in the political culture of many contemporary societies. It first appeared in the discourse of parliamentary politics in Britain when it was mentioned in the Queen's Speech of July 1970. The incoming Conservative government of Edward Heath created a Department of the Environment, but, in practice, this new ministry had administrative responsibility for housing and local government, public building and works and transport. There remained, for example, a separate Department of Energy, and until ‘the appointment of ...

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