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Fully updated and revised, the Second Edition of Barrie Houlihan's ground-breaking Sport and Society provides students and instructors with a one-stop text that is comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, accessible, international, and engaging. This Second Edition contains five brand new chapters covering key contemporary issues: young athletes and human rights, sport and the city, sport and violence, sport and health, and sport and Islam.

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Approaches the study of sport from a multi-disciplinary perspective; Presents the importance of social structure, power, and inequality in analyzing the nature and significance of sport in society; Addresses the rapid commercialization and regulation of sport; Engages in comparative analysis to understand problems clearly and produce sound solutions; Expands their knowledge through chapter summaries, guides to further reading, and extensive bibliographies

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The Olympic Games: Winners and Losers
The olympic games: Winners and losers

‘The best Games ever’ was the remark former IOC President J.A. Samaranch (see Box 18.1) made at the conclusion of a ‘successful’ Games. Striving to host the best Games ever is an unwritten rule that has been passed on until now (TOROC, 2005). But how can we measure the success of the Olympic Games? Does Samaranch mean financial, social, organisational or sportive success? And from what point of view does he measure the success: from that of politicians, the construction industry, medal winners, prosperous citizens or the IOC – in other words, from ...

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