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1st Edition

Sport Histories
Figurational Studies of the Development of Modern Sports

ISBN 9780415397940
Published August 23, 2006 by Routledge
228 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sports Histories draws on figurational sociology to provide a fresh approach to analysing the development of modern sport. The book brings together ten case studies from a wide range of sports, including mainstream sports such as soccer, rugby, baseball, boxing and cricket, to other sports that until now have been largely neglected by sports historians, such as shooting, motor racing, tennis, gymnastics and martial arts. This groundbreaking work highlights key debates in the analysis of modern sport, such as:

  • the relative influence of intra-national class conflict and international conflict
  • the relative prominence of commercially led processes in different contexts
  • the centrality of concerns over violence
  • differences between elite and mass-led sports developments.

Above all, Sport Histories proves the distinctiveness of the figurational sociological approach and its usefulness in the study of the development of modern sport.



Eric Dunning is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leicester, UK and Visiting Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland. Dominic Malcolm is Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport at Loughborough Univeristy, UK. Ivan Waddington is Visiting Professor at University College Chester, UK, at University College Dublin, Ireland and at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo.