Handbook of Sports Studies

Handbook of Sports Studies

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 570 pages
  • 184 x 246 x 37.59mm | 1,180g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0761949496
  • 9780761949497
  • 1,215,324

Table of contents

Editors' Introduction
Functionalism, Sport and Society - John W Loy and Douglas Booth
Marxist Theories - Bero Rigauer
Cultural Studies and the Sociology of Sport - Jenny Hargreaves and Ian McDonald
Feminist Theories for Sport - Susan Birrell
Interpretive Approaches to the Sociology of Sport - Peter Donnelly
Figurational Sociology and Its Application to Sport - Patrick Murphy, Ken Sheard and Ivan Waddington
Posting Up - David L Andrews
French Post-Structuralism and the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Sporting Culture
Editors' Introduction
The Anthropology of Sport - Kendall Blanchard
Economics and Sport - Marc Lavoie
Human Geography and the Study of Sports - John Bale
Social History and Sport - Nancy L Struna
The Philosophy of Sport - William J Morgan
A Historical and Conceptual Overview and a Conjecture Regarding Its Future
Politics and Sport - Barrie Houlihan
Psychology and the Study of Sport - Diane L Gill
Editors' Introduction
The Development of Modern Sports - Allen Guttmann
Political Economy and Sport - George Sage
Education and Sport - C Roger Rees and Andrew W Miracle
Sport and the Media - Garry Whannel
Theorizing Sport, Social Class and Status - John Sugden and Alan Tomlinson
Gender and Sport - Nancy Theberge
Sport, Racism and Ethnicity - Grant Jarvie
Sport and Nationalism - Lincoln Allison
Sport and Globalization - Joseph Maguire
Social Control and Sport - D Stanley Eitzen
Sport and Violence - Kevin Young
Sport and Health - Ivan Waddington
A Sociological Perspective
Sport and Disability - Howard L Nixon II
Body Studies in the Sociology of Sport - Cheryl L Cole
Doping in Sport as Deviant Behavior and Its Social Control - G[um]unther L[um]uschen
Sport and Emotions - Mary Duquin
Management, Organizations and Theory in the Governance of Sport - Ian Henry and Eleni Theodoraki
Arriving Sport - Robert Rinehart
Alternatives to Formal Sports
Editors' Introduction
Africa - Denver J Hendricks
Australia and New Zealand - Chris Collins
Eastern Europe - Gy[um]ongyi S Foldesi
France - Jacques deFrance
Germany - Klaus Heinemann
India - I A McDonald
Japan - Koichi Kiku
Korea (and Southeast Asia) - Burn-Jang Lim
Latin America - Joseph L Arbena
Nordic Countries - Kari Fasting and Mari Kristin Sisjord
Portugal - Salom[ac]e Marivoet and Claudia Pinheiro
Spain - N[ac]uria Puig
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Review quote

`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
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About Jay Coakley

In addition to constantly revising the text, Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies, Jay Coakley has co-edited with Eric Dunning (University of Loughborough, UK), the Handbook of Sports Studies (Sage Publications, 2000), and with Peter Donnelly, Inside Sports (Routledge, 1999). He has authored over 150 articles and book chapters, primarily on sport, society, and culture. He has lectured worldwide at universities and conferences for professional associations and sports organizations. He was the founding editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal (1983-1989) and serves on the editorial boards of scholarly journals in sociology and kinesiology/physical education. He is past president of the Sport Sociology Academy of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport; he continues to serve on national and international committees and is currently doing research with colleagues in Slovenia and Brazil, and is working with the newly formed Latin American Association for the Sociocultural Study of Sports. In 2004 Coakley received a service award from the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance; in 2007 he was named one of the aEUROoe100 Most Influential Sports Educators by the Institute for International Sport and was awarded an honorary fellowship at the University of Chichester (UK). In 2009 Coakley was named to the Hall of Fame of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. He received his M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees from the University of Notre Dame and currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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