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Sport, Physical Education, and Social Justice
Religious, Sociological, Psychological, and Capability Perspectives

ISBN 9780367544263
Published May 6, 2022 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

This interdisciplinary collection explores the nexus of social justice and sport to consider how sport and physical education can serve as a unique point of commonality in an era of religious, political, economic, and cultural polarity.

Originally published as a special issue of Quest, Sport, Physical Education, and Social Justice offers timely theoretical perspectives from the fields of theology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The volume demonstrates the multiple ways in which sport can be used to overcome inequalities and marginalization relating to gender, race, disability, religion, and sexuality, and posits sports education as a powerful mechanism for addressing school-based issues including bullying, racism, and citizenship education. Truly international in scope, the text includes contributions from scholars addressing issues in both formal and informal sports education settings, communities, and locales.

Sport, Physical Education and Social Justice will be of interest to researchers, scholars, policy makers and advocates in the fields of education, psychology, sociology, and religious studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Sport, Christianity and Social Justice? Considering A Theological Foundation
    Gregg Twietmeyer, Nick J. Watson and Andrew Parker
  2. Social Justice, Sport and Judaism: A Position Statement
    Rebecca Alpert
  3. Sport for Social Justice, Capability, and the Common Good: A Position Statement in Honor of Tessa Jowell
    Grant Jarvie and Susan Ahrens
  4. Social Justice in Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Position Statement
    Robert Schinke, Thierry Middleton, Brennan Petersen et. al.
  5. Social Justice, Sport, and Sociology: A Position Statement
    Simon Darnell and Rob Millington
  6. Physical Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice: A Position Statement
    Dean Garret and Simon Kumar
  7. Social Justice, Character Education, and Sport: A Position Statement
    Brenda Light Bredemeier and David Light Shields
  8. A Position Statement on Social Justice, Physical Education, and Bullying: A Figurational Sociological Perspective
    Mark Mierzwinski, Steven Cock and Philippa Velija
  9. Social Justice, Sport and Racism: A Position Statement
    Adam Love, Alexander Deeb and Steven N. Waller
  10. Sport, Homelessness, and Capability: Voices from the Street
    Grant Jarvie and Susan Ahrens
  11. Taking a Knee, Making a Stand: Social Justice, Trump America, and the Politics of Sport
    Lucia Trimbur

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Nick J. Watson is Chief Operating Officer, Archbishop of York Youth Trust, UK

Grant Jarvie is Chair of Sport and Director of the Academy of Sport at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Andrew Parker is Professor of Sports Ministry at Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge, UK.


"Social justice issues have come to the forefront of sports in recent times. Athletes, fans, and scholars have all wrestled with their renewed significance. Given such context, this collection edited by Watson (Archbishop of York Youth Trust, UK), Jarvie (Univ. of Edinburgh), and Parker (Ridley Hall, Cambridge) is a most welcome contribution to the ongoing conversations. Although a slim volume, it offers a rounded introduction to the use of sport to address inequality and exclusion. Across 11 chapters, leading experts consider religious, social, and philosophical accounts of the place of sport in remedying marginalization, misrepresentation, and disempowerment, particularly in relation to race, gender, religious affiliation, ability, and citizenship status. Individual chapters anchor themselves in various perspectives, e.g., Christianity and Judaism, education and cultural studies, as well as psychology and sociology, while considering such topics as homelessness, disability, racism, and citizenship. Importantly, the volume presents a cohesive and compelling case for the contemporary role of sporting worlds, especially calling on physical education to take a leading role in advancing social justice. This is both a primer and a handbook that merits a place in research libraries and upper-level college classrooms, as well as on the shelves of scholars concerned with sport and social justice." - C. R. King, Columbia College Chicago, CHOICE Review