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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


‘In India’, wrote S.K. Gupta in 1987, the ‘sociology of sport has remained an unexplored area of research’ (1987: 306). At the time of writing, ten years on, Indian society and its sports have undergone dramatic developments. Images of a land of unchanging tradition, and of a country wracked by poverty and disease, now owe more to tired clichés that persist in the popular Western imagination than to a serious analysis of the complex and dynamic nature of contemporary India. A revealing index of the scale and nature of the social changes which have been and are taking place is provided by cricket—the premier sport in the sub-continent. India has played host to the cricket World Cup twice: in 1987 (with Pakistan), and in 1996 ...

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