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1st Edition

A Critical Realist Theory of Sport

ISBN 9780367743178
Published December 30, 2022 by Routledge
194 Pages

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Book Description

This book argues that sport in the era of global or financialised capitalism has undergone a process of fracturing, which requires a re-assessment of longstanding and consensual accounts of traditional-to-modern sporting activity. Considering rival concepts of sport, it presents detailed, illustrative studies of various types of sporting or athletic activity – including soccer, cricket, rugby and track and field – to advance an alternative sociological understanding of sport rooted in the philosophies and theories of critical realism and critical theory. As such, A Critical Realist Theory of Sport will appeal to scholars of sociology and social theory with interests in sport, research methods and critical realist thought.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Critical Realist Theory of Sport

1. The Case for a Revised Sociology of Sport

2. A Critical Realist Frame

3. From Hyper-rationalisation to the Fractured Society

4. Global System versus Local Lifeworld

5. A Case Study: Rugby as ‘Tribal Warfare’

6. Sociology and Sport in the Fractured Society

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Graham Scambler is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University College London and Visiting Professor of Sociology at Surrey University. Recent books include Sociology, Health and the Fractured Society: A Critical Realist Account (2018); A Sociology of Shame and Blame: Insiders Versus Outsiders (2020); and Communal Forms: A Sociological Exploration of Concepts of Community (with Tjora, 2020). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK.