What can sport do to produce social change in our world today? It is impossible to fully understand contemporary society and culture without acknowledging the importance of sport. Sport is part of our social and cultural fabric, possessing a commercial power that makes it a potent force in the world, for good and for bad. It has helped to start wars and promote international reconciliation, and governments around the world commit public resources to sport.
Sport matters, but how should you make sense of what is going on in the world of sport today?
Now in a fully revised, updated and expanded third edition, this critical, challenging and comprehensive textbook introduces the study of sport, culture and society. International in scope, it challenges us to reactivate an audacious spirit of activism through sport. Full of contemporary examples, it places sport at the heart of the analysis and introduces the reader to every core topic and emerging area in the study of sport and society, including:
- the history and politics of sport;
- sport, gender and sexuality;
- sport, disability and advocacy;
- sport, race and racism;
- sport, violence and crime;
- sport and health;
- sport, globalisation and democracy;
- sport, media and cultural relations;
- sport and the environment;
- sporting cities and mega-events;
- sport, poverty and development.
Each chapter includes a wealth of useful features, including Sport in Focus case studies, chapter summaries, guides to further reading, revision questions, practical projects, definitions of key concepts and weblinks. Additional teaching and learning resources – including a testbank, resource list and glossary – are available on a companion website.
Sport, Culture and Society is the most broad-ranging, in-depth and thoughtful introduction to the sociocultural analysis of sport currently available and sets a new agenda for the discipline. It is essential reading for all students with an interest in sport.
Table of Contents
PART I: The Broader Context
1. Sport, Theory and the Problem of Values
2. Sport, History and Social Change
3. Sport, Economics and Wealth
4. Sport, Development and Peace
5. Sport, Politics and Culture
PART II: Global Sport and Community
6. Global Sport in a Deglobalising World?
7. Sport, Law and Governance
8. Sport and Community
9. Internationalism, Reconciliation and Sport in the Making of Nations
10. Sport, Media and Technology
11. Sport, Social Capital and Civil Society
12. Sport and Education
PART III: Sport and Contemporary Social Issues
13. Sport and the Environment
14. Sport and Racism
15. Sport, Violence and Crime
16. Sport, Religion and Spirituality
17. Sport, Gender and Sexuality
18. Sport and Health
19. Sport and Disability
20. Sport, Cities, the Olympics and Major Sporting Events
21. Sport, Lifestyles and Alternatives
22. Sport, Gambling and Corruption
23. Sport, Poverty and Homelessness
PART IV: Sport as a Resource of Hope and the Politics of the Possible
24. Sport, Social Movements and Protest
25. Sport, Cultural Relations and Damned Nations
26. Sport, Human Rights and Public Action
27. Sport for Social Change
28. Sport, Advocacy the Public Intellectuals
Conclusion: Theses on Sport, Culture and Society
Grant Jarvie is Professor and Founding Director of the Academy of Sport at the University of Edinburgh, UK
James Thornton is a marketing manager at London Business School, UK, and co-author of Sport, Culture and Society (2nd edition)
Hector Mackie is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, Canada
Featured Author Profiles
"Grant Jarvie is one of the most authoritative voices on sport and its wider role in international development and community cohesion." – Baroness Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 2001-2007, Minister for the London Olympics and Paralympics, 2009-2010, UK
"Sport, Culture and Society endures as the seminal, inter-disciplinary work on the role sport has, does, and should play in domestic and international affairs. Now in its 3rd iteration, the book is beautifully written, deeply researched and organised in a highly logical manner. The new case studies, which validate robust and time-tested theories, demonstrate that Jarvie and his opus remain as the world’s leading sources on all matters sport." – Stuart Murray, Associate Professor of International Relations and Diplomacy, Bond University, Australia
"I have always considered Grant Jarvie’s Sport, Culture and Society one of the most insightful, comprehensive, and readable accounts of the dynamic place of sports in the contemporary world order. He’s done even better in this significantly enlarged and updated 3rd edition. It’s organized within a coherent theoretical lens, rich in examples drawn from every part of the world, and persuasively argued. What I particularly appreciate is his commitment to social justice, and his advice on how sports and sportspeople can either enable or undermine progressive social change." – Bruce Kidd, Vice President and Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada
Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.