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This vital new handbook marks the development of sports studies as a major new discipline within the social sciences. Edited by the leading sociologist of sport, Eric Dunning, and author of the best selling textbook on sport in the USA, Jay Coakley, it both reflects and richly endorses this new found status. Key aspects of the Handbook include: an inventory of the principal achievements in the field; a guide to the chief conflicts and difficulties in the theory and research process; a rallying point for researchers who are established or new to the field, which sets the agenda for future developments; a resource book for teachers who wish to establish new curricula and develop courses and programmes in the area of sports s

Editors' Introduction
Editors' introduction

The authors of the following 18 chapters were chosen because of their expertise related to the topic in question. We asked authors to write ‘user-friendly, jargon-free, state-of-the-art’ discussions of theory and research on their topics. We also asked them to include, where relevant, analyses of debates and controversies. Finally, we encouraged them to keep their discussions of general theoretical matters to a minimum because these matters would be discussed in the chapters on theoretical perspectives.

Subsequent conversations with authors emphasized that each chapter should provide readers with the following:

  • An accessible introduction to important sociological issues related to the topic.
  • An overview of the primary literature related to the topic combined with a bibliography useful to fellow experts and to those reading about the topic for ...
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