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Key Concepts in Sports Studies

Key Concepts in Sports Studies

First Edition

September 2009 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'A refreshingly critical contribution to the major debates in sports studies, this volume will nicely complement the conventional texts. The entries are well structured, introducing and explaining the arguments, and then applying them to current sports policies and controversies. I admire the material and will recommend it to my students' - Professor Dave Harris, University College Plymouth, Marjon

Written by experienced academics use to teaching the subject, this book will help students and researchers find their way within the diverse field of sport studies. Clear, well researched entries explain the key concepts in the debates surrounding the social significance and social dynamics of sport. Each entry provides:

  • Clear Definitions
  • Relevant Examples
  • Up-to-date Suggestions for Further Reading
  • Informative Cross-Referencing

Valuable in its parts and indispensable as a whole, this book will provide a stimulating, practical guide to the relationship between sport and society.

Discourse & Post-Structuralism
Doping, Drugs
Identity & Difference
Politics, Policy & Power
Postmodernism / Postmodernity
Race & Ethnicity
Social Class
State, Nation & Nationalism
The Body
The Civilizing Process
The Environment
The Sociological Imagination

This is a useful addition to web-based key concept reference material. The book is clearly written and accessible, making it suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students in sports studies.

Dr Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Sociology , Exeter University
January 16, 2011

Useful but not very relevant to my current newly structured teaching.

Dr Ali Bakir
Business & Management, Bucks New University
January 13, 2011

Not suitable for mental health nursing students, although a very interesting text

Ms Ann Edwards
Health , Derby University
December 13, 2010

Some students have to get used to the scholarly language (english is not their native tongue) but it challenges them and is very useful to define concepts and to see an overview of the literature on the subject. I would have liked more attention paid to health, ableness and physical education.

Dr A.E. Knoppers
Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University
November 15, 2010

This is a really useful, concise introductory text to numerous key concepts in sport studies. It will be a useful text for anybody new to, especially, the sociology of sport at degree level.

Dr Daniel Bloyce
Dept of Sport & Excercise Science, Chester University
October 20, 2010

a very worthwhile overview to many of the critical issues within sport, and a good start point for level one students.

Miss Marie-Claire Blundell
Education, Commuity and Leisure, Liverpool John Moores University
January 4, 2010

Good general overview of key sociological concepts. Some explanations students may find confusing.

Dr Gyozo Molnar
Sociology , Worcester University
December 3, 2009

A highly useful and informative text providing a broad range of key information on contemporary sports issues.

Mr Philip Shirfield
Department of Sport Health and Social Care, Gloucestershire University
November 13, 2009

This is a useful and highly accessible guide to the key concepts and terminology in the field of sports studies. Students can easily locate relevant information and should find this an invaluable reference resource as they embark upon a Sports Studies degree programme, and throughout the course.

Mrs Alison Cain
Department of Life Sciences, University of Hertfordshire
October 14, 2009

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