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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Sports Development

ISBN 9780415479967
Published February 2, 2011 by Routledge
672 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Sports development has become a prominent concern within both the academic study of sport and within the organisation and administration of sport. Now available in paperback, the Routledge Handbook of Sports Development is the first book to comprehensively map the wide-ranging territory of sports development as an activity and as a policy field, and to offer a definitive survey of current academic knowledge and professional practice.

Spanning the whole spectrum of activity in sports development, from youth sport and mass participation to the development of elite athletes, the book identifies and defines the core functions of sports development, exploring the interface between sports development and cognate fields such as education, coaching, community welfare and policy. The book presents important new studies of sports development around the world, illustrating the breadth of practice within and between countries, and examines the most important issues facing practitioners within sports development today, from child protection to partnership working.

With unparalleled depth and breadth of coverage, the Routledge Handbook of Sports Development is the definitive guide to policy, practice and research in sports development. It is essential reading for all students, researchers and professionals with an interest in this important and rapidly evolving discipline.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: Influences on Sport Development  Introduction: The Constraints of History  2. Sports Development in the Nineteenth-Century British Public Schools  3. Jewish and Christian Movements and Sport  4. Sport Development, Nations and Nationalism  5. The Military and Physical Training  Part 2: The Contemporary Context of Sport Development  Introduction: Government and Civil Society Involvement in Sport Development  6. Volunteering and Sport  7. Sport Development and Social Capital  8. Sport Development and Disability  9. Sport and Social Integration  10. The Importance of Culture: Sport and Development in the Arab World - Between Tradition and Modernity  Part 3: Sport Development and Young People Introduction: Socialisation Through Sport  11. Sport Development and Young People in England  12. The Development of Sport and Youth in France  13. The Development of Youth Sport in Sweden  14. Beyond the Façade: Youth Sport in the United States and the Illusion of Synergy  15. Sport Development and Young People in Taiwan  16. Sport Development and Young People: The Role of International Organisations  Part 4: Sport Development and Adult Mass Participation  Introduction: The Neglect of Adult Participation  17. Sport and Adult Mass Participation in England 18. Sport Development and Adult Participation in New Zealand  19. Sport Development and Adult Sport Participation in Canada  20. Sport Development and Adult Participation in Japan  21. Sport Development and Adult Mass Participation: The Role of International Organisations  Part 5: Development Through Sport  Introduction: Sport and International Development  22. Sport in International Development: Facilitating Improved Standards of Living?  23. Development Through Sport? Sport in Support of Female Empowerment in Delhi, India  24. International Development Through Sport in Zambia  25. Right to Play: Sustaining Development Through Sport  26. A Postcolonial Feminist Approach to Sport, Gender and Development  Part 6: Sport Development and Elite Athletes  Introduction: The Irresistible Priority  27. High Performance Sport Policy in the UK: An Outline and Critique  28. Elite Sport Development in Denmark  29. Sport Development and Elite Athletes in China  30. Sport Development and Elite Athletes: The Australian Experience  Part 7: Issues in the Practice of Sport Development  Introduction: Managing Complexity and Fluidity  31. Issues in the Management of Voluntary Sport Organizations and Volunteers  32. Child Protection and Sport Development 33. Legal Issues in Sports Development  34 Sports Development Officers on Sports Development  35. Sport Development, Sport Coaching and Domain Specificity  36. Health Behaviour Change Through Physical Activity and Sport  37. Partnership Working and Sport Development  38. Funding and Sustaining Sport Development  39. Market Segmentation and the Role of the Public Sector in Sports Development  Part 8: Assessing the Impact of Sport Development  Introduction: The Problems of Policy Evaluation  40. Sport Development’s Contribution to Social Policy Objectives: The Difficult Relationship Between Politics and Evidence  41. Elite for All, All for Elite? An Assessment of the Impact of Sport Development on Elite Sport Success  42. An Assessment of the Impact of Sport Development on Sport Participation

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Barrie Houlihan is Professor of Sport Policy in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, UK.

Mick Green was a Senior Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, UK.


'Houlihan and Green (both Loughborough Univ., UK) have done a remarkable job of editing this comprehensive, exhaustive book on sports development around the world. Governments and organizing bodies must contend with two competing realities--sports for all and talent identification/ development--and this ubiquitous tension is skillfully addressed throughout the volume.This will be a valuable resource for all students of physical education and sport, providing them with a worldview of how sport is used as a tool in development and in producing world-class athletes. And specialists will find this handbook to be a valuable starting point in this emerging field of study.'J. A. McClung, Berea College