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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

Social Changes in Post-War Japan and Trends in Sociological Studies of Sport

The term ‘sport sociology’ was used in Japan as early as 1932, but genuine systematic study did not begin until the establishment of the Japanese Society of Physical Education (JSPE) in 1950.

Since 1950 there have been changes in the focus and content of research and writing related to the sociology of sport. In the 1950s, just after the Second World War, the main research focus was on group learning in small groups that participated in school-based physical education. Additional research focused on the recreational participation of workers, especially in the context of industrial physical education and workplace physical education. During the 1960s, researchers turned their attention to studies of community sports in cities and ...

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