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Routledge Focus on Sport, Culture and Society

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Sport, Culture and Society showcases the latest cutting-edge research in the sociology of sport and exercise. Concise in form (20,000-50,000 words) and published quickly (within three months), the books in this series represents an important channel through which authors can disseminate their research swiftly and make an impact on current debates. We welcome submissions on any topic within the socio-cultural study of sport and exercise, including but not limited to subjects such as gender, race, sexuality, disability, politics, the media, social theory, Olympic Studies, and the ethics and philosophy of sport. The series aims to be theoretically-informed, empirically-grounded and international in reach, and will include a diversity of methodological approaches.

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Sport and Social Media in Business and Society

Sport and Social Media in Business and Society

1st Edition

By Gashaw Abeza, Ryan King-White
December 06, 2023

This concise, practical book examines the significance of social media for the sport industry, explaining key concepts and sharing tools and best practice for the use of social media in sport business communication. Accessibly written and avoiding jargon, the book considers the history, development...

Olympic Laws Culture, Values, Tensions

Olympic Laws: Culture, Values, Tensions

1st Edition

By Mark James, Guy Osborn
June 28, 2023

Olympic Laws: Culture, Values, Tensions is the first book to analyse fully the Olympic legal framework and its application to the IOC and the Olympic Games through a socio-legal lens. It opens up a new window into understanding the Olympic Games across recent iterations of the Games and on to ...

On Boxing Critical Interventions in the Bittersweet Science

On Boxing: Critical Interventions in the Bittersweet Science

1st Edition

By Joseph D Lewandowski
May 31, 2023

This book is a philosophical and cultural critique of contemporary boxing. It broadens and deepens our understanding of the empirically and normatively entwined complexities of a sport that is often misunderstood and all too easily reduced to stereotypes. Moving between and among work in ...

Sport Policy Across the United Kingdom A Comparative Analysis

Sport Policy Across the United Kingdom: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

Edited By Mathew Dowling, Spencer Harris, Chris Mackintosh
March 30, 2023

This book provides a comparative analysis of sport and physical activity policies, processes, and practices across the home nations (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) of the United Kingdom. Drawing upon in-depth analysis by internationally recognised experts within the sport policy ...

Sport, Forced Migration and the 'Refugee Crisis'

Sport, Forced Migration and the 'Refugee Crisis'

1st Edition

By Enrico Michelini
February 08, 2023

Drawing on original research, this book looks at what sport can tell us about the social processes, patterns and outcomes of forced migration and the 'refugee crisis'. Adopting a systems theory framework and examining different sport disciplines, performance levels and settings, it represents a ...

Referees, Match Officials and Abuse Research and Implications for Policy

Referees, Match Officials and Abuse: Research and Implications for Policy

1st Edition

By Tom Webb, Mike Rayner, Jamie Cleland, Jimmy O'Gorman
May 30, 2022

This book explores issues related to the abuse of referees and match officials in sport. Drawing on original empirical research in football, rugby union, rugby league and cricket, it provides an insight into the complexities involved in the recruitment, retention and development processes of match ...

Racism and English Football For Club and Country

Racism and English Football: For Club and Country

1st Edition

By Daniel Burdsey
May 20, 2022

Racism and English Football: For Club and Country analyses the contemporary manifestations, outcomes and implications of the fractious relationship between English professional football and race. Racism, we were told, had disappeared from English football. It was relegated to a distant past, and ...

Doping in Sport A Defence

Doping in Sport: A Defence

1st Edition

By Thomas Søbirk Petersen
May 06, 2022

In this provocative and thought-provoking book, Professor of Ethics Thomas Søbirk Petersen explains why the World Anti-Doping Agency’s doping rules are poorly justified and makes a case for a new third way in anti-doping policy that would allow athletes to use substances and methods currently on ...

Rugby in Global Perspective Playing on the Periphery

Rugby in Global Perspective: Playing on the Periphery

1st Edition

Edited By John Harris, Nicholas Wise
August 15, 2019

This book critically examines how rugby union has developed in recent years, in nations on the periphery of the sport. Focusing on people and places on the fringes, it examines contemporary issues and challenges within the global game. Such a collection is timely, as the sport’s governing body ...

Christianity and the Transformation of Physical Education and Sport in China

Christianity and the Transformation of Physical Education and Sport in China

1st Edition

By Huijie Zhang, Fan Hong, Fuhua Huang
May 17, 2019

Despite the popularity of sport in contemporary China, the practice of physical education is not indigenous to its culture. Strenuous physical activity was traditionally linked to low class and status in the pre-modern Chinese society. The concept of modern PE was introduced to China by Western ...

Who Owns Sport?

Who Owns Sport?

1st Edition

Edited By Andrew Adams, Leigh Robinson
May 02, 2019

This fascinating collection of essays explores the complex economic, political, cultural and social claims over sport, from multi-disciplinary perspectives including philosophy, history, political science and management. The book seeks to uncover some of the tensions and dilemmas wrapped up within...

Sport, Education and Corporatisation Spaces of Connection, Contestation and Creativity

Sport, Education and Corporatisation: Spaces of Connection, Contestation and Creativity

1st Edition

By Geoffery Z. Kohe, Holly Collison
March 28, 2019

Using an interdisciplinary approach, Sport, Education and Corporatisation offers an important critique of the intersection between sport organisations, commercial agendas and educational development. It reveals a discomforting interplay between sector stakeholders that has been normalised via ...

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