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Sport and Society

Sport and Society
A Student Introduction

Second Edition
Edited by:

608 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Fully updated and revised, the Second Edition of Barrie Houlihan's ground-breaking Sport and Society provides students and instructors with a one-stop text that is comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, accessible, international, and engaging. This Second Edition contains five brand new chapters covering key contemporary issues: young athletes and human rights, sport and the city, sport and violence, sport and health, and sport and Islam.

Key Features
  • Approaches the study of sport from a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • Presents the importance of social structure, power, and inequality in analyzing the nature and significance of sport in society
  • Addresses the rapid commercialization and regulation of sport
  • Engages in comparative analysis to understand problems clearly and produce sound solutions
  • Expands their knowledge through chapter summaries, guides to further reading, and extensive bibliographies

A superb teaching text, this new edition will be relished by instructors seeking an authoritative introduction to sport and society and students who want a relevant, enriching text for their learning and research needs.
Peter Donnelly
Sport and Social Theory
Barrie Houlihan
Politics, Power, Policy and Sport
Martin Polley
History and Sport
Michael F. Collins
Social Exclusion from Sport and Leisure
Paulo David
The Human Rights of Young Athletes
Tess Kay and Ruth Jeanes
Women, Sport and Gender Inequity
Parissa Safai
Sport and Health
Kevin Young
From Violence in Sport to Sports-Related Violence
Nigel Thomas
Sport and Disability
Ben Carrington and Ian McDonald
The Politics of 'Race' and Sports Policy in the United Kingdom
Kathy Armour and David Kirk
Physical Education and School Sport
David Andrews, Michael Silk and Robert Pitter
Physical Culture and the Polarized American Metropolis
Leigh Robinson
The Business of Sport
David Stead
Sport and the Media
John Amis and Trevor Slack
Organisation Theory and the Management of Sport Organisations
Barrie Houlihan
Doping and Sport
Mike Weed and Guy Jackson
The Relationship between Sport and Tourism
Holger Preuss
The Olympic Games
Winners and Losers

Michael F. Collins
Sport and Recreation and the Environment
Trevor Slack and Milena Parent
Sport in North America
The United States and Canada

Murray Phillips and Tara Magdalinski
Sport in Australia
Ian P. Henry
Sport, the Role of the European Union and the Decline of the Nation State?
Mahfoud Amara
An Introduction to the Study of Sport in the Muslim World
Barrie Houlihan
Sport and Globalisation

Good introductory book for level 4 students. Accessible, informative with a good breadth of information

Ms Paula Edwards
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
June 12, 2015

This is an excellent introductory book. Very suited to undergraduate level and nicely structured and presented in an understandable format.

Miss Amy Clark
Sport Science, Tourism & Leisure Dept, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 26, 2015

This is an excellent text to use as a bolt on to other textbooks and to supplement knowledge for units such as Sports Development and Current Issues in Sport. It also offers an alternative view on various theories and topics addressed within the core texts.

Mr John Harrison
Care, Sport and Leisure, Tyne Metropolitan College
June 11, 2014

Excellent text book that provided a clear link between the complexities of the sport industry and subsequent impact on society. Literature was accessible, digestible, and drew on a number of contemporary examples in sport.

Mr David Cockayne
Dept of Transport and Logistics, Huddersfield University
March 27, 2014

This book will feature as an essential text for the semester 2 Contemporary Issues in Sport module. The text will provide a valuable resource for students as many of the areas addressed/contained are covered within the module.

Mr Chris Cattell
Institute of Sport & Exercise Science, Worcester University
October 7, 2013

Excellent content

Ms Sarah Nixon
Centre for Sport and Dance Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
April 14, 2013

Good introduction to a wide range of sociological issues.

Mr Mike Tyler
Sport, Stourbridge College
April 3, 2013

An excellent account of contemporary issues in modern day sport. Recommended to all sports students requiring a detailed and honest opinion of the modern day sporting industry. Particuarly interesting study on the impact of hosting a modern day olympia and factors affecting sports participation from all corners of the world.

Mr Mark Treagust
Dept of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
April 2, 2013

The comprehensive nature of this book offers you with a understanding of the comtemporary issues within sport. A book that is transferable across a number of areas within sports coaching.

Mrs Jaime Guinan
School of Sport & Exercise Science, Worcester University
March 19, 2013

This is an excellent collection of articles for undergraduates studying the sociology of sport

Professor Roger Penn
Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
March 12, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction PDF

Chapter One PDF

Barrie Houlihan

Barrie Houlihan is Professor of Sport Policy in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, and Visiting Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. His research interests include the domestic and international policy processes for sport. He has authored or edited twenty books and over fifty journal articles. His most recent books include Managing Elite Sport Systems (edited with Svein Andersen and Lars Tore Ronglan, Routledge 2015), Sport Policy in Britain (with Iain Lindsey, Routledge 2012) and a third edition of Sport and Society (edited with Dominic Malcolm, SAGE 2015).Barrie... More About Author

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