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Handbook of Sports Studies

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August 2000 | 570 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Now available in paperback, this vital 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 Jay Coakley, author of the best selling textbook on sport in the USA, 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 studies.

With an international and inter-disciplinary team of contributors the Handbook of Sports Studies is comprehensive in scope, relevant in content and far-reaching in its discussion of future prospect.

 
PART ONE: MAJOR PERSPECTIVES IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT
 
PART ONE: MAJOR PERSPECTIVES IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT
 
Editors' Introduction
John W Loy and Douglas Booth
Functionalism, Sport and Society
Bero Rigauer
Marxist Theories
Jenny Hargreaves and Ian McDonald
Cultural Studies and the Sociology of Sport
Susan Birrell
Feminist Theories for Sport
Peter Donnelly
Interpretive Approaches to the Sociology of Sport
Patrick Murphy, Ken Sheard and Ivan Waddington
Figurational Sociology and Its Application to Sport
David L Andrews
Posting Up
French Post-Structuralism and the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Sporting Culture

 
 
PART TWO: CROSS-DISCIPLINARY DIFFERENCES AND CONNECTIONS
 
Editors' Introduction
Kendall Blanchard
The Anthropology of Sport
Marc Lavoie
Economics and Sport
John Bale
Human Geography and the Study of Sports
Nancy L Struna
Social History and Sport
William J Morgan
The Philosophy of Sport
A Historical and Conceptual Overview and a Conjecture Regarding Its Future

 
Barrie Houlihan
Politics and Sport
Diane L Gill
Psychology and the Study of Sport
 
PART THREE: KEY TOPICS
 
Editors' Introduction
Allen Guttmann
The Development of Modern Sports
George Sage
Political Economy and Sport
C Roger Rees and Andrew W Miracle
Education and Sport
Garry Whannel
Sport and the Media
John Sugden and Alan Tomlinson
Theorizing Sport, Social Class and Status
Nancy Theberge
Gender and Sport
Grant Jarvie
Sport, Racism and Ethnicity
Lincoln Allison
Sport and Nationalism
Joseph Maguire
Sport and Globalization
D Stanley Eitzen
Social Control and Sport
Kevin Young
Sport and Violence
Ivan Waddington
Sport and Health
A Sociological Perspective

 
Howard L Nixon II
Sport and Disability
Cheryl L Cole
Body Studies in the Sociology of Sport
G[um]unther L[um]uschen
Doping in Sport as Deviant Behavior and Its Social Control
Mary Duquin
Sport and Emotions
Ian Henry and Eleni Theodoraki
Management, Organizations and Theory in the Governance of Sport
Robert Rinehart
Arriving Sport
Alternatives to Formal Sports

 
 
PART FOUR: SPORT AND SOCIETY RESEARCH AROUND THE GLOBE
 
Editors' Introduction
Denver J Hendricks
Africa
Chris Collins
Australia and New Zealand
Gy[um]ongyi S Foldesi
Eastern Europe
Jacques deFrance
France
Klaus Heinemann
Germany
I A McDonald
India
Koichi Kiku
Japan
Burn-Jang Lim
Korea (and Southeast Asia)
Joseph L Arbena
Latin America
Kari Fasting and Mari Kristin Sisjord
Nordic Countries
Salom[ac]e Marivoet and Claudia Pinheiro
Portugal
N[ac]uria Puig
Spain

`This is a book that lacks nothing. It is not only about sport, but the contexts, in which it surfaces, the cultures that encircle it, the forces that unify it and those that tear it apart. Its exemplary organisation provides a framework in which Coakley and Dunning are able to review every known theory, topic and problem - from poststructuralism through gender to violence - relevant to the scholarly analysis of sport. A strong international section collects research findings from around the world. The scope of the Handbook is immense and its detail lavish; yet, its text is economical - almost 700 pages and not a wasted sentence. In short, a champion without challengers' - Ellis Cashmore Professor of Culture, Media and Sport, Staffordshire University, and author of Making Sense of Sports

`This handbook contains useful reviews of major theoretical frameworks and research topics in sports studies - especially sport sociology - written by a star-studded array of internationally recognized experts. The scope and depth of this volume demonstrates the intellectual maturity of this area. Each chapter provides an informative historical context and an organized conceptual framework for making sense of the relevant scholarly literature. The book will be particularly useful to graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and college and university faculty who are seeking to gain rapid, informed access to the literature' - Janet C Harris, California State University


This is a highly recommended text that has a comprehensive overview of many key factors within sport and society. Many of the studies are inciteful and provide a detailed perspective of the historical factors that have impacted upon modern day sport as we know it.

Mr Mark Treagust
Dept of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
May 18, 2015

Jay Coakley's Handbook of Sports Studies is an essential text for every student interested in sport sociology.

Miss Engela Van der klashorst
biokinetics, sport and recreation, University of Pretoria
December 12, 2013

This is a fantastic summary of the key thinkers within this area of study. Very useful to both undergraduates & postgraduates

Mr Michael Hobson
School of Education, St Mary's University College Twickenham
July 25, 2013

A detailed look at all aspects of sport which covers a wide range of topics. A bit too high end for Level 3 students but there are some concepts / chapters included which are relevant. This would be a very good book for Foundation Degree as well as other Level 4 and Level 5 students.

Mr Jonathan Reees
sport, Tyne Metropolitan College
July 15, 2013

A good book for introducing students to the topic of sport and society, with an enormously broad range of topics considered. We'll be making particular use of the chapters on globalisation, political economy and the media in sport.

Mr Mike Tyler
Sport, Stourbridge College
May 14, 2013

This book is a fantastic resource, the varied topics are relevant and useful. Would an ideal read for students to further their knowledge of sport and society. The inclusion of further reading is a welcome addition.

Mr Nathan Price
Sport, Stourbridge College
March 27, 2013

This book is a fantastic resource, the varied topics are relevant and useful. Would be an ideal read for students to further their knowledge of sport and society. The inclusion of further reading is a welcome addition.

Mr Nathan Price
Sport, Stourbridge College
March 27, 2013

This book is a fantastic resource, which students can utilise when relating to the number of issues surrounding sport and society.

Miss Zoe Taylor
Health , North Lindsey College
September 20, 2012

An excellent book with a wide range of issues covered, especially useful for areas of sociology.

Miss Leoni Baker
Sport coaching and physical education, Oxford Brookes University
December 18, 2011

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