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Sport, Culture and Society: An Introduction, second edition

Sport, Culture and Society: An Introduction, second edition (Hardback)

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It is impossible to fully understand contemporary society and culture without acknowledging the place of sport. Sport is part of our social and cultural fabric, possessing a social and commercial power that makes it a potent force in the world, for good and for bad. Sport has helped to start wars and promote international reconciliation, while every government around the world commits public resources to sport because of its perceived benefits. From the bleachers to the boardroom, sport matters.











Now available in a fully revised and updated new edition, this exciting, comprehensive and accessible textbook introduces the study of sport, culture and society. International in scope, the book explores the key social theories that shape our understanding of sport as a social phenomenon and critically examines many of the assumptions that underpin that understanding. Placing sport at the very heart of the analysis, and including vibrant sporting examples throughout, the book introduces the student to every core topic and emerging area in the study of sport and society, including:























the history and politics of sport

sport and globalization

sport and the media

sport, violence and crime

sport, the body and health

sport and the environment

alternative sports and lifestyles

sporting mega-events

sport and development.





Each chapter includes a wealth of useful features to assist the student, including chapter summaries, highlighted definitions of key terms, practical projects, revision questions, boxed case-studies and biographies, and guides to further reading, with additional teaching and learning resources available on a companion website. Sport, Culture and Society is the most broad-ranging and thoughtful introduction to the socio-cultural analysis of sport currently available and sets a new agenda for the discipline. It is essential reading for all students with an interest in sport.





Visit the companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/jarvie.

Grant Jarvie is Professor and Deputy Principal at the University of Stirling, and is also working with the University of Toronto. However, from July 2012 he'll be professor of Sport at the University of Edinburgh. He was born in Scotland and went to school in Edinburgh. He advises governments on a wide range of areas, including sport, education, health, research and the funding of universities. He has held ministerial appointments to the board of national sports agencies and comes from an international sporting family. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2009 in recognition of his work to promote international cooperation between countries. He has led three departments and two research centres across four universities. He has served as acting principal/provost and has been invited to talk all over the world. James Thornton is an international management graduate from Heriot-Watt University. Upon completion of his degree he moved to Wellington to work in sports marketing and volunteer with Street Football Aotearoa, the Homeless World Cup's partner organisation in New Zealand. James is now based in London and works as a marketing executive for an events company.

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