Despite campaigns to educate and increase awareness, discrimination continues to be a deep-rooted problem in sport. This book provides an international, interdisciplinary and critical discussion of various forms of discrimination in sport today, with contributions from world-leading academics and high-profile campaigners.
Divided into five sections, the book explores racism, sexism, homophobia, disability, and the role of media in both perpetuating and tackling discrimination across a variety of sports and sporting events around the world. Drawing on examples from football, rugby, cricket, tennis, climbing, the Olympics and the Paralympics, it offers a critical review of current debates and discusses the latest empirical research on the changing nature of discrimination in sport. Taking into account the experiences of athletes and coaches across all performance levels, it presents recommendations for further action and directions for future research.
A timely and challenging study, Sport and Discrimination is essential reading for all students and scholars of sports studies with an interest in the sociology of sport and the relationship between sport, society and the media.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Offering a Critical and Collective Understanding of Sport and Discrimination [Daniel Kilvington and John Price] Section I: Sport and Racism 2. College Sport Leadership: Systemic Racial Employment Barriers [Michael Regan and Joe Feagin] 3. Racism and the AFL: Listening to the Stories Adam Goodes and Shane Edwards [Andy Fuller] 4. Understanding the Varied Responses to Calls for a ‘Rooney Rule’ in English Football [Jim Lusted] Section II: Sport and Sexism 5. Everyday Sexisms: Exploring the Scales of Misogyny in Sport [Jayne Caudwell] 6. Women into Coaching – Are you sure? [Colin Lewis, Simon Roberts and Hazel Andrews] 7. ‘Community and Camaraderie’: An Exploration of Australian Muslim Women’s Involvement in Organized Sport [Nasya Bahfen, Assmaah Helal, Amna K-Hassan and Fatima Kourouche] Section III: Sport and Homophobia 8. Footballing Masculinities: The Changing Nature of the Football Academy [Rory Magrath] 9. Inclusive Masculinity Theory: Sports’ Role in the Liberation of Male Gender [Adam White, Stefan Robinson and Eric Anderson] 10. Academics v. Activists: Making Sense of Homophobia in Male Team Spor [Andy Harvey] Section IV: Sport and Ableism 11. ‘Paralympian’ – Discrimination or a Necessary Form of Differentiation? [Ian Brittain, David Legg and Eli Wolff] 12. "New" Paralympic Heroes: Mainstream Media, Strategic Medals, "Cyborg" Bodies, Protest and Changing Attitudes [Jill M Le Clair] 13. Mixed-ability Events: From Discrimination to Inclusion [Sneh Gupta and Tom Vahid] Section V: Sport, Media and Discrimination 14. Klick It Out: Tackling Online Discrimination in Football [Hayley Bennett and Anna Jönsson] 15. Social Responsibility of Sports Journalists in Expressions of Diversity: The Example of the London Olympic Games as Covered in La Voix du Nord [Fabien Wille and Sorina Cernaianu] 16. Social Capital, Social Media and Gender Class Reproduction: Women, Subcultures and the Changing Patterns of Participation in Climbing [David Holland-Smith]
Daniel Kilvington is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett University, UK. His research interests include ‘race’, racisms and ethnicity within sport/media contexts. Kilvington is the co-author of Race, Racism and Sports Journalism (2012), Sport, Racism and Social Media (2014) and author of British Asians, Exclusion and the Football Industry (2016). He is the co-founder of the Sport and Discrimination Conference series, and a trustee of the community cohesion charity, The Zesh Rehman Foundation (ZRF).
John Price is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland, UK. He is co-author of Race, Racism and Sports Journalism (Routledge 2012) and Sport, Racism and Social Media (Routledge 2014). His most recent research has examined issues of gender diversity in the sports media and sports journalism education. He is a former journalist.