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Social Sciences in Sport eBook

Social Sciences in Sport eBook

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    Social Sciences in Sport presents discipline-specific knowledge in the social sciences, which aids in understanding the problems and potential of contemporary sport practices and experiences. This interdisciplinary reference provides in-depth coverage of sport studies and 14 social sciences, drawing connections across these disciplines to illuminate key issues and illustrate possibilities for change.

    Written by leading figures in the social sciences, the book synthesizes theory and research in social science and sport into four distinct areas:

    • Identity, which discusses individual development and ethical considerations from history, philosophy, and psychology
    • Community, which considers anthropology, sociology, geography, and media studies when looking at sport in social groups
    • Capital, which draws research in status, wealth, power, and resources from economics, political science, and international relations
    • Governance, which discusses the enhancement of sport through law, social policy, management studies, and education

    Organized around these topics into four parts,this reference places sport in the broader social sciences, showing where researchers in kinesiology and other disciplines can augment their knowledge base. Noting the range of issues and concerns in today’s sport environment, readers will analyze the potential of a human development model in sport studies.

    Editor Joseph Maguire and an esteemed team of contributors present the evolution of sport in various social sciences. A stage-setting introduction explains the relevance of a social scientific perspective on sport and physical activity, and part introductions outline many relationships between the social sciences and sport. Chapters include a historical overview of the discipline or subject area, the core concepts and main theoretical perspectives in that area of expertise, critical findings, and the contemporary debates that characterize sport.

    Equipped with the social scientific knowledge and new perspectives from this essential collection, students and practitioners will be able to navigate classic and emerging issues in sport. Whether readers are social scientists considering sport as a subject of study or sport studies scholars attempting to make connections with the broader disciplines, Social Sciences in Sport promotes development of and through sport.


    Reference for libraries, students, and scholars in a variety of social sciences researching sport studies and social science in sport contexts. Also a text for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses in sport studies, social theory and sport, and sport and the social sciences.

    Table of Contents


    Introduction: Making the Case for the Social Sciences of Sport, Exercise, and Health
    The Sport Ethic and the Natural Sciences
    Proposing a Human Development Model

    Part I. Identity: Definitions, Development, and the Individual

    Chapter 1. History of Sport                                                                
    Wray Vamplew, PhD
    Development of the Discipline
    Relationships With Other Disciplines
    Core Concepts
    Main Theoretical Perspectives
    Critical Findings
    Key Debates
    Issues for the Sport History Research Agenda

    Chapter 2. Philosophy of Sport                                                           
    Sigmund Loland, PhD, and Michael McNamee, PhD
    Historical Overview of the Discipline
    Main Theoretical Perspectives
    Key Debates
    Future Directions

    Chapter 3. Psychology of Sport                                  
    David Lavallee, PhD, John Kremer, PhD, and Aidan Moran, PhD
    Core Concepts
    Main Theoretical Perspectives
    Critical Findings
    Key Debates

    Part II. Community: Place, Space, Image, and the Social

    Chapter 4. Anthropology of Sport                                                      
    Alan Klein, PhD
    Foundations in Sociocultural Anthropology
    Post-1970: The Athletic El Dorado and the Anthropologists Who Seek Him
    Looking Outward

    Chapter 5. Sociology of Sport                                                
    Joseph Maguire, PhD
    Historical Development and Core Concepts
    Main Theoretical Perspectives
    A Sociological Account of Sport: Critical Findings
    Future Directions and Key Debates

    Chapter 6. Geography of Sport                                                          
    Christopher Gaffney, PhD
    Historical Trajectory of the Geography of Sport
    Core Concepts
    Main Theoretical Perspectives
    Key Debates and Critical Findings
    Future Directions

    Chapter 7. Media Studies and Sport                                                   
    David Rowe, PhD                              
    Historical Connections and Questions in Media Studies
    Understanding Media: Core Concepts
    Media Powers and Routines: Main Theoretical Perspectives
    Critical Findings and Key Debates in Sport and Media
    Conclusion: Sport and Media Studies in Transition

    Part III. Capital: Wealth, Power, and Resources

    Chapter 8. Economics and Sport
    Stefan Szymanski, PhD
    Professional League Model: Theory and Policy
    Productivity Studies
    Economic Impact: Measurement, Theory, and Policy
    Sport, Physical Activity, and Well-Being
    Illustrations of Economic Issues

    Chapter 9. Political Science and Sport                                    
    Jonathan Grix, PhD
    Core Concepts in Political Science
    Study of Sport and Politics
    Research Paradigms and Theoretical Perspectives in Political Science
    Applying Political Science and Sport: The Governance of Sport and the Politics of Mega-Events

    Chapter 10. International Relations and Sport                         
    Roger Levermore, PhD, and Aaron Beacom, PhD
    Core Concepts and Main Theoretical Perspectives
    Critical Findings and Key Debates

    Part IV. Governance: Regulation, Organization, and Implementation

    Chapter 11. Sport and the Law                                                          
    Deborah Healey, LLB, LLM (Hons)
    The Global Organization and Regulation of Sport
    Overview: The Place of Law in Sport
    Are the Courts Always Interested in Sport?
    Aspects of Industry Self-Regulation in Sport

    Chapter 12. Sport and Social Policy                                                   
    Ramón Spaaij, PhD
    Discipline of Social Policy: A Historical Overview
    Main Theoretical Perspectives
    Key Concepts
    Key Debates

    Chapter 13. Sport and Management Studies                                       
    Lucie Thibault, PhD
    Sport as a Unique Industry
    Historical Overview
    Core Concepts
    Main Theoretical Perspectives
    Critical Findings
    Key Debates

    Chapter 14. Sport and Education                                                        
    Dawn Penney, PhD
    Core Concepts
    Theoretical Perspectives
    Critical Findings
    Key Debates

    About the Editor

    About the Author

    Joseph Maguire, PhD, is a professor of sociology of sport in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. He is a past president of both the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) and International Sociological Association Research Committee 27 (Sociology of Sport). He is on the executive board of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education and has acted as an assessor for the Association of Commonwealth Universities Scholarship Scheme. He has served on scientific committees for the World Congress of Sociology and has presented papers at the American Sociological Association, British Sociological Association, and World Congresses in Sociology and the Sociology of Sport. He is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College. His recent publications include the single-authored text Reflections on Process Sociology and Sport: Walking the Line and the coedited texts Sport Across Asia: Politics, Cultures, and Identities and Sport and Migration: Borders, Boundaries and Crossings.