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Managing Sport

Social and Cultural Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by David Hassan, Jim Lusted


344 pages

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Contemporary sport is shaped by wider society. Today those managing sport must be aware of the broader social and cultural context within which it exists if their effectiveness is to be established and their careers defined. This book is the first of its kind to contextualise the wider social and cultural environment of sport management and explain the key issues and practical implications of this for those working, or intending to find employment, in the field.

Written by a team of leading international experts on sport management, the book explores important topics such as

  • corporate social responsibility in sport,
  • race,
  • gender and sexuality,
  • sport and the media,
  • globalisation,
  • populations with individual needs,
  • social class,
  • social capital
  • social exclusion.

As part of a comprehensive coverage of these and many other social issues, the reader is reminded of the fundamental requirement to properly appreciate the cultural sensitivities of the managerial environment in which they intend to operate.

Each issue is examined from the perspective of the manager or sport practitioner, and each chapter includes a range of useful features, such as case-studies and self-test questions, to encourage the reader to think critically about the role of sport in society and about their own professional practice. This is the first sports management textbook to be based on the thesis that a more socially aware manager is a more effective manager and thus should be regarded as essential reading for all sport management students.


: "Hassan and Lusted have produced an excellent interdisciplinary book combining sport management, and the sociology of sport, approaches to research. The individual fields of the authors involved, including but not limited to sociology, management, law, politics, education, medicine, geography, anthropology, history, pedagogy, journalism, and tourism (all within a sport context) result in a multi-disciplinary text-book that (with additions) has potential for becoming an exemplar for sport management students around the globe." – Shane Gibson, Sport Management Review

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1. Managing Organisational Performance in Sport Chapter 2. Urban Space, Culture and Sports in the Middle East: A Case Study of Casablanca, Morocco Chapter 3. The Management of Anti-Doping: An On-going Challenge for Sport Chapter 4. Sanctioned Aggression or Criminal Sanction? Violence, Contact Sports and the Law Chapter 5. Reviewing the role of UK central government in sports development Chapter 6. Selling Race Equality to Sports Organisations – Challenges and Limitations Chapter 7. Sport and Disability: The Special Olympics Youth Unified Sports® Programme Chapter 8. Managing athletic pain and injury within sporting Cultures of Risk Chapter 9. Sport Labour Migration: Managing a Twenty-First Century Global Workforce Chapter 10. The challenges of managing sport in a divided society: Football in Jordan Chapter 11. Managing Gender Equity in Sport Chapter 12. The Role of Sport Management in the Creation of Social Capital Chapter 13. The changing nature of Sports Volunteering: Modernisation, policy and practice Chapter 14. Sporting Preferences in the Arab World: Examining consumerism in the United Arab Emirates Chapter 15. The Methodology of Mega-events: The Culture of Vanity and Measuring Real Benefit Chapter 16. Corporate Social Responsibility in the Sports Industry Chapter 17. The Dark Sides of Sport Governance Chapter 18. The Evolution of Sport Management in the Twenty-First Century

About the Editors

David Hassan is Senior Lecturer within the Ulster Sports Academy at the University of Ulster. He is the Academic Editor of Sport in Society, an international peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis. He is also joint Series Editor of Foundations in Sport Management, a discipline-defining series of books examining this expanding field of study. His research expertise concerns the relationship between sport and national identity, the politics of sport, and sport governance, and he was recognised for his outstanding contribution to research with the award of a Distinguished Research Fellowship from the University of Ulster in 2006.

Jim Lusted is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport at the University of Northampton. He completed a PhD in 2009 in collaboration with the English Football Association, investigating issues around the implementation of their equity policies into the grass roots level of the game. He has published articles relating to race equality policies in local sport in a number of academic journals, including Managing Leisure and Soccer and Society. He is also a licensed tutor for the FA’s Equality Workshop, which he delivers to local football stakeholders across England.

About the Series

Foundations of Sport Management

Foundations of Sport Management is a discipline-defining series of texts on core and cutting-edge topics in sport management. Featuring some of the best known and most influential sport management scholars from around the world, each volume represents an authoritative, engaging and self-contained introduction to a key functional area or issue within contemporary sport management. Packed with useful features to aid teaching and learning, the series aims to bridge the gap between management theory and practice and to encourage critical thinking and reflection among students, academics and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports
SPORTS & RECREATION / Business Aspects