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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


Africa occupies one-fifth of the earth's surface and, as the third largest continent, could swallow the USA, the whole of Eastern and Western Europe, India, Japan, New Zealand, Paraguay and Uruguay with room to spare. It includes one-tenth of the world's population, and two-thirds of the entire Arab world (Nuwe Afikaanse Kinder Ensiklopedie, 1982). The continent comprises 60 countries and roughly 1,000 languages and dialects are spoken there. At face value, it may appear that to speak of a ‘sociology of sport of, or for Africa’ would represent a gross oversimplification.

Very little, if any, information is available on the sociology of sport in Africa. Contact and communication between scholars in the field has been rare. The African Association for Physical Education, Health Education, Recreation ...

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