• 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 ...


(for Anti-Capitalism see Globalisation; Marxism)

Capitalism and the Origins of Modern Sport

Capitalism is the name given to the historically specific form of economic production and social organisation, which begins to dominate the societies of Western Europe during the early eighteenth century. By late nineteenth century capitalism is widely recognised as the globally dominant economic and social system. The key features of capitalistic societies are: a division of labour and a system of wage-labour; the establishment of private property; and commodity production. Commodities are goods that are made and exchanged for profit rather than for immediate use or to meet the needs of the producers. The writings of the political economists Adam Smith (1723–1790), and Karl Marx (1818–1883) have been highly influential in shaping how we ...

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