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Sport and Sociology

1st Edition

By Dominic Malcolm


200 pages

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  • How has our understanding of sport been shaped by sociological ideas?
  • How can the study of sport help sociologists to understand wider society?

The sociology of sport is a sub-discipline approaching maturity. This is the first book to stand back and reflect upon the subject’s growth, to trace its developmental phases and to take stock of the current fund of knowledge. It offers a ‘state of the art’ review of the sociology of sport and investigates those areas where sport has come to influence the sociological mainstream. The book also examines how the sociology of sport has attempted to engage with a popular readership, and what the consequences of such engagement have been.

Focusing on touchstone issues and concepts within sociological discourse such as race, gender, celebrity, the body and social theory, the book assesses the successes and failures of the sociology of sport in influencing the parent discipline, related sub-disciplines and the wider public. It also asks to what extent the sociology of sport can be said to be autonomous, distinctive and distinguished, and challenges students of sport to extend their work out of the narrow confines of the subdiscipline and across disciplinary divides.

As the first book to provide a history of the sociology of sport and to clearly locate the contemporary discipline in the wider currents of sociological discourse, this is important reading for all students and scholars interested in the relationship between sport and society, whether they are working in sport studies or in the sociological mainstream.


"Malcolm provides an insightful account of how sociology of sport has changed over time… This commendable presentation provides a broad introduction to the discipline of sociology of sport and the relationship of sport to society and society to sport." - M. E. Beagle, CHOICE, September 2012

Table of Contents

Section 1: The Sociology of Sport 1. Towards a Sociology of the Sociology of Sport 2. The Emergence of the Sociology of Sport: the Invention of Tradition? Section 2: The Sociological Impact of the Sociology of Sport 3. Sport and Social Theory 4. Sport, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity 5. Sport and Gender 6. Sport and the Body 7. Sport and Celebrity Section 3: The External Impact of the Sociology of Sport 8. Sociology of Sport and Sports History 9. Sociology of Sport and Public Engagement Section 4: Conclusion 10. The Sociology of Sport: A ‘Profession’ in Process

About the Author

Dominic Malcolm is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport at Loughborough University. His main research themes are the socio-historical study of cricket, and the sociology of sports medicine.

About the Series

Frontiers of Sport

Sport is ubiquitous in the modern era. As such, it is engaged with by exponents of other academic disciplines and professional groups. This innovative series explores the close relationships that exist between sport and other disciplines and professions, and traces the theoretical and professional boundaries that they share. Each book in the series introduces the key themes, topics and debates that define a particular discipline and its engagement with sport - such as sport and sociology, or sport and politics – offering an invaluable overview for all students and scholars working in sport and each mainstream discipline.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports