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Any study of sport is incomplete without consideration of its social function and structures, its economic impacts both locally and globally, and its political dimension – particularly when used by nations for competitive gain. Sport Sociology provides a comprehensive overview for any student taking a course on the subject at college or university, including both established and emergent themes, from issues around power, diversity and consumerism through to newer topics such as the digital environment and climate change – both now covered in new individual chapters. Other chapters have been fully revised to include up-to-date literature and case studies, as well as new key terms and reflective tasks. A new ‘Key Thinker’ box feature included in each chapter introduces readers to an esteemed theorist relevant ...

Sport Diversity and Community
Sport Diversity and Community
6.1 Introduction

This chapter introduces you to the issue of cultural diversity and how it has influenced, and continues to influence in ever more direct ways, the social construction of contemporary sport. Specifically, the main aims are to develop your understanding of how race, ethnicity and disability can be understood as social constructions, and why they have become vital concepts within the sociological study of sport. As with the previous chapter, one of the underpinning themes will be the issue of inequality and its impact on sporting experience. The chapter will then move on to consider how diversity and sport are also connected to the experience and meaning of community and the issues of development, social cohesion and ...

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