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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

Nordic Countries
Nordic countries

This chapter provides a brief overview of the sociology of sport in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Sport sociology in these countries has been developed primarily by scholars affiliated with colleges and university departments of sport and physical education. The most prominent contributions in the field stem from people with backgrounds in education, history, philosophy and/or sociology.

Since the late 1970s, there has been a growing interest in many different topics related to sport in society. This interest is manifested in scientific research as well as curricula in sport studies. The number of sport scholars is rapidly increasing, which to a great extent is a result of the development of PhD programmes. A number of scholars have been and continue ...

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