1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport

Edited By Richard Giulianotti Copyright 2015
    492 Pages
    by Routledge

    492 Pages
    by Routledge

    The sociology of sport is a core discipline within the academic study of sport. It helps us to understand what sport is and why it matters. Sociological knowledge, implicit or explicit, therefore underpins scholarly enquiry into sport in every aspect. The Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport is a landmark publication that brings together the most important themes, theories and issues within the sociology of sport, tracing the contours of the discipline and surveying the state-of-the-art.

    Part One explores the main theories and analytical approaches that define contemporary sport sociology and introduces the most important methodological issues confronting researchers working in the social scientific study of sport. Part Two examines the connections and divisions between sociology and cognate disciplines within sport studies, including history, anthropology, economics, leisure and tourism studies, philosophy, politics and psychology. Part Three investigates how the most important social divisions within sport, and in wider society, are addressed in sport sociology, including ‘race‘, gender, class, sexuality and disability. Part Four explores a wide range of pressing contemporary issues associated with sport, including sport and the body, social problems associated with sport, sport places and settings, and the global aspects of sport.

    Written by a team of leading international sport scholars, including many of the most well-known, respected and innovative thinkers working in the discipline, the Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport is an essential reference for any student, researcher or professional with an interest in sport.

    Introduction  Part 1: Major Theories and Approaches  1. Introduction to Part One  2. Researching Sport  3. The Functionalist Perspective on Sport  4. Interpretive Approaches in the Sociology of Sport  5. Marxist and Neo-Marxist Approaches on Sport  6. Norbert Elias and the Sociology of Sport  7. Pierre Bourdieu on Sport  8. Niklas Luhmann, System Theory and Sport  9. Physical Cultural Studies on Sport  10. Poststructuralism and the Sociology of Sport  11. Post/colonial Theory and Sport  Part 2: Sociology, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies of Sport  12. Introduction to Part Two  13. Anthropological Perspectives and the Sociology of Sport  14. Economic and Sociological Approaches to Sport  15. Geographical Approaches and the Sociology of Sport  16. History, Sociology and Critical Sport Studies  17. Leisure Studies and the Sociology of Sport  18. Philosophy, Sociology and the Critical Analysis of Sport  19. Political Science, Sociology and the Study of Sport  20. Psychology and Sociology in Sport Studies  Part 3: Social Divisions and Sport  21. Introduction to Part Three  22. Social Class and Sport  23. Gender and Sport  24. Race and Sport  25. Sexualities and Sport  26. Disability and Sport: The Case of the Paralympic Games  Part 4: Central Issues in the Sociology of Sport  27. Introduction to Part Four  28. Sport and the Body  29. Sport, Physical Activity and Health  30. Risk and Uncertainty in Sport  31. Doping in Elite Sport  32. Sport Fans and Fandoms  33. Sport and Violence  34. Sport and Social Intervention  35. Sport and the Urban  36. Sport Mega-Events  37. Sport and Environmentalism  38. Sport and Media  39. Sport and New Media  40. Sport and the Nation in the Global Age  41. The Migration of Elite Athletes  42. Sport and the Corporate World  43. Sport, International Development and Peace  44. Globalization and Sport


    Richard Giulianotti is Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, UK, and also Professor II at Telemark University College, Norway. His main research interests are in the fields of sport, globalization, development and peace, sport mega-events, crime and deviance, cultural identities, and qualitative methods. He has headed several projects on these subjects, funded by the UK ESRC, European Commission, and Nuffield Foundation. He is author of the books Football: A Sociology of the Global Game (1999), Sport: A Critical Sociology (2005, revised 2015), Ethics, Money and Sport (with A.J. Walsh, 2007), Globalization and Football (with R. Robertson, 2009), and Hooligans e Oligarchi: L’invenzione del Calcio Globale (2015). He has guest co-edited special issues of British Journal of Sociology, Global Networks, and Urban Studies, edited a further dozen books, and published numerous articles in international journals and edited collections. His work has been translated and published in eleven languages

    Selected for the Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) Award 2017 by CHOICE magazine.

    ‘This handbook joins an increasingly crowded market of advanced primers devoted to introducing students to the critical study of sport as social and cultural phenomenon.  As the writing and thinking in these pages demonstrates, Giulianotti has assembled a group of world-class contributors … In sum, an outstanding and exhaustive collection …It is required reading for early-career scholars seeking a survey of the theoretical foundations of the sociology of sport … Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.’ - J. Newman, CHOICE