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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

Scholars in the sociology of sport have been trained and work primarily in sociology and physical education departments. But they also come from anthropology, sports studies and cultural studies departments and programmes. This mix of backgrounds among scholars has created openness to using work on sport and society from a range of social science disciplines. Furthermore, most scholars in the field have realized that multiple disciplinary perspectives are required if they wish to understand more fully the complexities of sport as a social and cultural phenomenon. When scholars focus on a particular issue, problem, or sphere of life there is a tendency to seek information from all relevant disciplines. In the case of sport, scholars travel on a regular basis across disciplinary lines. ...

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