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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

Just as sport is a global phenomenon, so too is the study of sport and society. Although most authors of previous chapters were born and/or educated in England, Canada, or the United States, scholarship in the field certainly is not confined to those countries. In fact, doing research and theorizing about sport and society has been or has recently become widely recognized as important in many countries around the world.

The following chapters appear in alphabetical order of title; titles refer to continents, nation-states, regions or culture areas. The intent of each chapter is to highlight briefly the status of sport and society theory and research in a particular geographical area, with special attention given to the sociology of sport. The content of these ...

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