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Routledge Critical Studies in Sport


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The Routledge Critical Studies in Sport series aims to lead the way in developing the multi-disciplinary field of Sport Studies by producing books that are interrogative, interventionist and innovative. By providing theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded texts, the series will make sense of the changes and challenges facing sport globally. The series aspires to maintain the commitment and promise of the critical paradigm by contributing to a more inclusive and less exploitative culture of sport.

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Action Sports and the Olympic Games Past, Present, Future

Action Sports and the Olympic Games: Past, Present, Future

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Belinda Wheaton, Holly Thorpe
November 05, 2021

Based on a decade of research by two leading action sports scholars, this book maps the relationship between action sports and the Olympic Movement, from the inclusion of the first action sports to those featuring for the first time in the Tokyo Olympic Games and beyond.   In an effort to remain ...

Power and Politics in World Athletics A Critical History

Power and Politics in World Athletics: A Critical History

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Jörg Krieger
June 21, 2021

This book provides the first detailed history of one of the most powerful international sport organisations, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), since 2019 known as World Athletics. The book critically assesses the internal power relations within the IAAF by focusing on ...

Race, Gender and Sport The Politics of Ethnic 'Other' Girls and Women

Race, Gender and Sport: The Politics of Ethnic 'Other' Girls and Women

1st Edition

Edited By Aarti Ratna, Samaya F. Samie
June 10, 2019

The experiences of ethnic ‘Other’ females have – until recently – been widely overlooked in the study of sport. There continues to be a need to produce critical scholarship about ethnic 'Other' girls and women in sport and physical culture, in order to represent their complex, multifarious and ...

The Sexual and Gender Politics of Sport Mega-Events Roving Colonialism

The Sexual and Gender Politics of Sport Mega-Events: Roving Colonialism

1st Edition

By Heather Sykes
June 08, 2018

This challenging new study examines gender and sexuality in relation to the ‘roving colonialism’ of sport mega-events. Built around four case studies in postcolonial and settler colonial contexts—the Olympics in Vancouver, London and Sochi and soccer fans in the Egyptian revolution—the book ...

Critical Geographies of Sport Space, Power and Sport in Global Perspective

Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power and Sport in Global Perspective

1st Edition

Edited By Natalie Koch
March 26, 2018

Sport is a geographic phenomenon. The physical and organizational infrastructure of sport occupies a prominent place in our society. This important book takes an explicitly spatial approach to sport, bringing together research in geography, sport studies and related disciplines to articulate a ...

Olympic Exclusions Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies

Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies

1st Edition

By Jacqueline Kennelly
May 24, 2017

Olympic Games are sold to host city populations on the basis of legacy commitments that incorporate aid for the young and the poor. Yet little is known about the realities of marginalized young people living in host cities. Do they benefit from social housing and employment opportunities? Or do ...

Soccer, Culture and Society in Spain An Ethnography of Basque Fandom

Soccer, Culture and Society in Spain: An Ethnography of Basque Fandom

1st Edition

By Mariann Vaczi
November 07, 2016

Spanish soccer is on top of the world, at international and club level, with the best teams and a seemingly endless supply of exciting and stylish players. While the Spanish economy struggles, its soccer flourishes, deeply embedded throughout Spanish social and cultural life. But the relationship ...

Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games

Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games

1st Edition

By Jules Boykoff
June 19, 2014

The Olympic Games have become the world’s greatest media and marketing event—a global celebration of exceptional athletics gilded with corporate cash. Huge corporations vie for association with the "Olympic Image" in the hope of gaining a worldwide marketing audience of billions. In this ...

The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports

The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports

1st Edition

By Belinda Wheaton
September 24, 2013

This important new study examines the changing place and meaning of lifestyle sports – parkour, surfing, skateboarding, kite-surfing and others – and asks whether they continue to pose a challenge to the dominant meanings and experience of ‘sport’ and physical culture. Drawing on a series of ...

The Gay Games A History

The Gay Games: A History

1st Edition

By Caroline Symons
April 30, 2012

The Gay Games is an important piece of new social history, examining one of the largest sporting, cultural and human rights events in the world. Since their inception in 1980, the Gay Games have developed into a multi-million dollar mega-event, engaging people from all continents, while the ...

Global and Local Football Politics and Europeanization on the fringes of the EU

Global and Local Football: Politics and Europeanization on the fringes of the EU

1st Edition

By Gary Armstrong, Jon P. Mitchell
March 09, 2009

What can the history of a nation's football reveal about that nation's wider political and socio-cultural identity? How can the study of local football culture help us to understand the powerful international forces at play within the modern game? Based on long-term and detailed ethnographic ...

Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport

Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport

1st Edition

Edited By Ben Carrington, Ian McDonald
January 14, 2009

The cultural ubiquity, political prominence and economic significance of contemporary sport present fertile terrain for its critical socio-cultural analysis. From corporate and media dominated mega-events like the Olympic Games, to state programmes for nation-building and health promotion, to the ...

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