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Sport Sociology

Sport Sociology

Third Edition
Edited by:

May 2016 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Any study of sport is incomplete without consideration of its social function and structures, its economic impacts both locally and globally, and its political dimension – particularly when used by nations for competitive gain. 

Sport Sociology
 provides a comprehensive overview for any student taking a course on the subject at college or university, including both established and emergent themes, from issues around power, diversity and consumerism through to newer topics such as the digital environment and climate change – both now covered in new individual chapters.

Other chapters have been fully revised to include up-to-date literature and case studies, as well as new key terms and reflective tasks. A new ‘Key Thinker’ box feature included in each chapter introduces readers to an esteemed theorist relevant for the chapter topic to help link theoretical concepts to practice and offer up suggestive research directions for student assessment.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Sport Sociology
Chapter 2: Sport and Modernity
Chapter 3: Sport’s Organisation and Governance
Chapter 4: Sport, Physical Education and Socialisation
Joanne Hill
Chapter 5: Class and Gender Differentiation in Sport
Chapter 6: Sport Diversity and Community
Joanne Hill and Amanda Jones
Chapter 7: Sport and the Body
Chapter 8: Sport and Consumer Society
Ping Wu
Chapter 9: Sport and the Media
Chapter 10: Sport in a global world
Mike Bartle
Chapter 11: Sport in a Digital Age
Chapter 12: Sport Climate Change and Sustainability

‘Sport Sociology responds perfectly to the needs of students examining the growing importance of sport in society. Its ability to locate sophisticated, theoretical debates within an applied and accessible setting offers students a most comprehensive introduction to this subject field. ‘


Professor David Hassan
Head of the School of Sport, University of Ulster

‘This highly accessible text provides a valuable learning resource with which to develop students' sociological imagination and critical thinking skills, both of which represent essential preparation for successful careers in the sport and leisure industry. A particularly welcome feature of this new edition is the increasing significance given to the global context within which sport and societies now operate.’

Chris Cutforth
Chair of the European Sport Development Network

'The latest edition of Sport Sociology offers an important update to the original text. Specifically the chapters focusing on sport in the digital age and sport climate change and sustainability offer insights into topics that are at the forefront of the future critical sociological study of sport worlds. By including contributions with his colleagues at the University of Bedford, Peter Craig has expanded the text and highlighted the diverse and interesting teaching and scholarship that is undertaken at his institution.'


Dr Christopher R. Matthews
Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Sport, University of Brighton

Craig uses an explicit pedagogical approach in which he emphasizes critical thinking and makes a concerted effort to raise critical questions for students to consider. Each chapter contains learning objectives, a list of key terms, a summary, a mini case study, student reflection tasks, and a key thinker section. Nearly all of these are well chosen and designed to break up chapter text, engage readers, and (importantly) provide instructors with projects that can be assigned to students. For example, the “reflection tasks” and “mini case studies” push students to use what they are reading in the text as a guide for seeking additional sources and making sense of real world sport situations.

Jay Coakley (
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

An excellent theoretical focus on issues within sport in the digital age.

Ms Mary Williams
Social, Historical & Literary Studies, Portsmouth University
August 22, 2016

A very good text, building upon many of Peter Craig's previous work.

Mr Mark Treagust
Dept of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
July 28, 2016

This is a very useful text. I can use it for a number of sport sociology modules taught across the undergraduate programme. Very clear, assessable style for students.
Clear learning outcomes for each chapter that can be used to support teaching sessions. In addition the Student Reflection Tasks are very useful to use in teaching sessions alongside the chapter.
Good range of relevant, up to date (emerging) topics as well as providing sections on the foundation themes to sports sociology.

Dr Lynne Duval
Sport and Exercise, Staffordshire University
July 21, 2016

Interesting read and the format makes the learning clear with student activities and reflection

Mrs Julie donald
WBDL, Universityof Lincoln
April 2, 2016

Peter Craig

Peter Craig is Principal Lecturer in the School of PE and Sport Science at the University of Bedfordshire, where he has acquired extensive experience of teaching and course development. He is currently the programme leader for Sport, Media and Culture. Peter is also a researcher and has published widely on sport sociology. In addition to his academic work, he coaches basketball and athletics. More About Author

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