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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


Though noteworthy sociological work on sport had already been carried out before the late 1970s (Habermas, 1958; Linde and Heinemann, 1968; Plessner, 1954; Rigauer, 1969; Risse, 1922), it was not until then that sport sociology established itself in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) as a separate teaching and research area.

Sport sociology prior to the late 1970s was primarily studied by sociologists interested in problems of sport as well as other areas of sociological research (for example, Eichberg, Grieswelle, Hammerich, Heinemann, Neid-hardt, von Krockow, Linde and Lüschen). Sport sociology during this phase did not exist as an independent, established and accepted research field; but rather sport was considered within the context of cultural sociology, leisure-time sociology or the theory of social conflict or social change.

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