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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


The study themes which predominate in the sociology of sport in Spain today can be grouped in three main areas: the evolution and significance of sport; the organization of sport; and social attitudes to sport. The first is of a more global character and sets out to interpret the significance of sport in contemporary society. Work in this area has only recently begun. The other two belong more to the tradition of earlier days, are more developed from an empirical point of view and involve a greater number of people.

The Evolution and Significance of Sport

This theme encompasses research that situates sport in a general context (historical, economic, social, political and so on) and develops theories destined to explain the significance of sport in contemporary society.

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