1st Edition

Sport, Leisure and Social Justice

Edited By Jonathan Long, Thomas Fletcher, Beccy Watson Copyright 2017
    246 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Social inequalities are often reproduced in sport and leisure contexts. However, sport and leisure can be sites of resistance as well as oppression; they can be repressive or promote positive social change. This challenging and important book brings together contemporary cases examining different dimensions of inequality in sport and leisure, ranging from race and ethnicity to gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion and class.

    Presenting research-based strategies in support of social justice, this book places the experiences of disadvantaged communities centre stage. It addresses issues affecting participation, inclusion and engagement in sport, while discussing the challenges faced by specific groups such as Muslim women and LGBT young people. Including original theoretical and methodological insights, it argues that the experiences of these marginalised groups can shed a light on the political struggles taking place over the significance of sport and leisure in society today.

    Sport, Leisure and Social Justice is fascinating reading for students and academics with an interest in sport and politics, sport and social problems, gender studies, race and ethnicity studies, or the sociology of sport.


    [Roisin Wood]


    1. Introducing Sport, Leisure and Social Justice

    [Jonathan Long, Thomas Fletcher and Beccy Watson]


    2. Principles of Social Justice for Sport and Leisure

    [Paul Wetherly, Beccy Watson and Jonathan Long]


    3. The British Labour Party, Social Justice and the Politics of Leisure 1945-2015

    [Peter Bramham and Stephen Wagg]


    4. Gender Justice, Leisure and Sport Feminisms

    [Beccy Watson and Sheila Scraton]


    5. Feminist Leisure Research: Shifts and Developments

    [Samantha Holland]


    6. Gender Justice? Muslim Women’s Experiences of Sport and Physical Activity in the UK

    [Rozaitul Matzani, Katherine Dashper and Thomas Fletcher]


    7. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Young People’s Experiences of PE and the Implications for Youth Sport Participation and Engagement

    [Scarlett Drury, Annette Stride, Anne Flintoff and Sarah Williams]


    8. Working Towards Social Justice Through Participatory Research with Young People in Sport and Leisure

    [Annette Stride and Hayley Fitzgerald]


    9. Cypher Wild: Leisure, Hip-Hop and Battles for Social Justice

    [Brett D. Lashua and Matthew Wood]


    10. Integration or Special Provision? Positioning Disabled People in Sport and Leisure

    [Hayley Fitzgerald and Jonathan Long]


    11. ‘Knowing me, Knowing you’: Biographies and Subjectivities in the Study of ‘race’

    [Kevin Hylton and Jonathan Long]


    12. Black Women, Black Voices: The Contribution of a Spivakian and Black Feminist Analysis to Studies of Sport and Leisure

    [Aarti Ratna]


    13. Researching the Wrong in Sport and Leisure: Ethical Reflections on Mapping Whiteness, Racism and the Far-Right

    [Karl Spracklen]


    14. ‘Problems at the boundary’? South Asians, Coaching and Cricket

    [Thomas Fletcher, Dave Piggott and Julian North]


    15. The Policy and Provision Landscape for Racial and Gender Equality in Sport Coaching

    [Alexandra J Rankin-Wright, Kevin Hylton and Leanne Norman]


    16. Moving Forward: Critical Reflections on Doing Social Justice Research

    [Gabby Riches, Alexandra Rankin-Wright, Spencer Swain and Viji Kuppan]


    Jonathan Long, Thomas Fletcher and Beccy Watson are all part of the Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Leeds Beckett University, UK

    "Overall, the publication makes a valuable, and frequently original, contribution to the field. The emphasis upon drawing on the voices and experiences of people through research who have been marginalized, and recognizing their experiences, is impressive. I believe this makes it a useful teaching aid, particularly at undergraduate level, where the focus upon lived experience will support skilful educators bring humanity to their teaching on topics such as theory and methodology. Likewise, researchers will benefit from considering the approaches to participatory research it explores and advocates. The book also offers insight to postgraduates and practitioners, particularly those who like me are encountering social justice in a new context."

    Chris Russell, University of Worcester, Annals of Leisure Research