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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 ...

Discourse and Post-Structuralism
Discourse and post-structuralism

(see also Postmodernism; Semiotics)


In its most literal sense discourse is a form of communication that runs back and forth. Within social analysis, discourse, or discourse analysis, is the study of the processes of communication and the construction of meanings. The analysis of discourse has become a prominent, multi-methodological approach within the contemporary social sciences (Howarth, 2000), and has its roots in a number of theoretical traditions, most notably structuralist (Barthes, 1973; Levi-Strauss 1968, 1977; Saussure, 1974) and post-structuralist (see e.g. Derrida, 1982; Foucault, 1982) reactions to positivistic perceptions of the social world. The study of discourse focuses primarily upon the role of, and relations between, language, social structures and forms of social action and agency. However, given its theoretical diversity ...

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