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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

France
France

There have been strong sociological traditions in France ever since the work of Durkheim and Le Play at the end of the nineteenth century, the very period when sports and gymnastic activities were starting in the country. It was in that period that the sociological study of education began, but physical education, sports and games were not yet legitimate enough as school subjects to become matters of sociological reflection. A different kind of research was conducted by the French anthropological school and, in the 1930s, Marcel Mauss outlined a programme for a sociology of bodily techniques but little work was carried out according to his plan.

As in some other European countries, the sociology of sport took off in France in the 1960s when sports became ...

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