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Journal of Sport and Social Issues

Journal of Sport and Social Issues

eISSN: 15527638 | ISSN: 01937235 | Current volume: 47 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: Bi-monthly
For you, the scholar of sport and culture, sports do matter. That's why the Journal of Sport & Social Issues (JSSI) is such an indispensable resource. JSSI publishes the latest research, discussion, and analysis of contemporary sport issues. From an international, interdisciplinary perspective, JSSI examines today's most pressing and far-reaching questions about sport.
Concise, Convenient Format

Every issue of the Journal of Sport & Social Issues is divided into three convenient sections that provide complete coverage of this dynamic field:

FOCUS: A symposium section containing sound research articles and stimulating commentary on a single theme.

TRENDS: Articles and briefs devoted to both breaking issues and existing lines of research of vital importance to sport. In this section, critical and empirical scholars take risks and coexist in a rich theoretical marketplace.

VIEW: Commentary essays aimed at provoking thought, stimulating debate, and developing theoretical positions on varied topics related to the social importance of sport. Includes in-depth review essays on books, films, and other resources.


The Journal of Sport & Social Issues is at the forefront of lively public discussion of contemporary topics in the sports world. In JSSI, scholars study the impact of sport on social issues from many perspectives, including:

  • sociology
  • history
  • economics
  • media studies
  • gender studies 
  • psychology
  • political science
  • cultural studies
  • anthropology
  • ethnic studies

Such rich diversity often provokes disagreement about theoretical assumptions and methodological approaches. JSSI is the forum where these different viewpoints can clash and provoke ongoing debate and inquiry into critical issues in the sports world.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal of Sport & Social Issues (JSSI) is an indispensable resource that brings together the latest research, discussion, and analysis of contemporary sport issues, including, but not limited to: race, media, gender, economics, drugs, recruiting, injuries, and youth sports. Taking an international, interdisciplinary perspective, JSSI examines today's most pressing and far-reaching questions about sport, including: sport and the gay experience, social issues in sports management, youth sports, and sport subcultures. Always provocative, JSSI presents a lively public discussion of the impact of sport on social issues from many perspectives, including sociology, economics, gender studies, political science, anthropology, history, media studies, psychology, cultural studies, and ethnic studies.

CL Cole University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Assistant Editors
David L. Andrews University of Maryland, USA
Adrian Burgos, Jr. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Monica Casper University of Arizona, USA
Douglas Hartmann University of Minnesota
David Leonard Washington State University, USA
Editorial Board
Mary Louise Adams Queens University, Canada
Susan Birrell University of Iowa, USA
Ben Carrington University of Southern California, USA
Jayne Caudwell Bournemouth University, UK
Jay Coakley University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA
Yago Colas University of Michigan, USA
Daniel Cook Rutgers University, USA
Cheryl Cookey Purdue University, USA
Phillip Lamarr Cunningham Quinnipiac University, USA
Simon Darnell University of Toronto, Canada
Kevin Delaney Temple University, USA
Norman K Denzin University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, USA
Lisa Diedrich Stony Brook University, USA
Clifton Evers Newcastle University, England, UK
Daniel Gilbert University of Illinois, USA
Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert University of Illinois, USA
Richard Giulianotti Loughborough University, UK
Jennifer Hargreaves Brunel University, UK, UK
Lyndsay MC Hayhurst Brock University, Canada
Victoria Hefford Stony Brook University, USA
Lisa Henderson University of Massachusetts, USA
Brett Hutchins Monash University, Australia
Rachel Joo Middlebury University, USA
C. Richard King Washington State University, USA
Samantha King Queen's University, Canada
Kyle Kusz University of Rhode Island, USA
Pirkko Markula University of Alberta, Canada
Toby Miller Loughborough University in London, England; and Murdoch University, Australia
Sarah Projansky University of Utah, USA
Robert Rinehart University of Waikato, New Zealand
David Rowe Western Sydney University, Australia
Theresa Rundstedler American University, USA
Sheila Scranton Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Samantha Sheppard Cornell University, USA
Michael L. Silk Bournemouth University, UK
Mel Stanfill Purdue University, USA
Synthia Sydnor University of Illinois, USA
Damion Thomas University of Maryland, USA
Alan Tomlinson University of Brighton, UK
Ann Travers Simon Fraser University, Canada
Travis Vogan University of Iowa, USA
Lawrence A Wenner Loyola Marymount University, USA
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  • The Journal of Sport & Social Issues publishes the work and ideas of scholars and others interested in understanding the relationship between sport and society from diverse theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Contributors should follow the style guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts will undergo anonymous review. Authorship should be identified only on the title page. Author name/address/affiliation/position should appear on the title page. Manuscripts should be prefaced by an abstract of no more than 125 words. References, tables, and figures should appear at the end of the manuscript. Notes should be avoided. Figures should be camera ready.

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