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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 order to discuss the sociology of sport in Portugal, as well as to provide a better understanding of the realities on which we have focused our research, it is important to contextualize the development of this subject within the wider field of the sociology of knowledge. In that way, it will be easier to understand the difficulties we have faced in our investigations and which have helped to shape them.

In the Portuguese context, sociology-related areas made a late appearance. The existence of a dictatorial regime for nearly 40 years made the publication of any sociological knowledge impossible. Similarly, research that intended to analyse any area of Portuguese society from a sociological perspective was unwelcome.

The BA(Hons) Degree in Political and Social Science was the ...

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