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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

Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe

In the years when sport sociology was evolving in Western societies, sociology was a forbidden science in all of Eastern Europe except Poland. Under communist regimes, sociology was considered a ‘bourgeois pseudoscience’. Research centres and sociology departments were closed down, and lecturing and publishing in sociology was prohibited. During the 1960s when sociological studies were allowed again in the region, sport sociology was among the first branches of sociology to emerge. Its rise was promoted by the particular importance of sport at that point in time in the Eastern bloc, but its development was also constrained for the same reason. Moreover, because of the persistent hegemony of Marxism, advances in sport sociology were delayed by limited theoretical and methodological approaches in sociology and ...

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