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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.

Key Features

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

A superb teaching text, ...

Sport and Globalisation
Sport and globalisation

In a humorous guide to revision for chemistry examinations, school students were told ‘When in doubt say it's “osmosis”?’ If osmosis is the default explanation of chemical processes, then it has a lot in common with much of the use of the concept of globalisation. Whether the focus of discussion is the spread of Olympic sports, or changes in eating habits, intergenerational relationships, welfare policy or manufacturing work practices, the default explanation is a reference to the often poorly specified concept of globalisation. Globalisation has established itself across the social sciences to the extent that Featherstone and Lash were moved to suggest that globalisation had become the ‘central thematic for social theory’ ...

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