In this book questions about definitions and demarcations of sport science are discussed. Not the least the many normative ideas of sport as good or as bad are problematized in relation to the academic field. These ideas permeate sport science in ways that are not seen in other academic fields like history, sociology or law. In addition, if and if so, in what ways sport science influence social science in general. Does sport science bring new questions in relation to issues like "what makes a society possible" or "what is a human being"?
This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
1. The position and relevance of sport studies: an introduction Bo Carlsson and Susanna Hedenborg
2. Thoughts on being the gadfly in the sport sciences ointment: building the road to meta-theoretical research creation A.J. Schneider and M.M. Williams
3. (Re)Occupying a cultural commons: reclaiming the labour process in critical sports studies Malcolm MacLean
4. Slowing the social sciences of sport: on the possibilities of physical culture Michael Silk, Jessica Francombe and David L. Andrews
5. From criminality to creativity: how studies of surfer subcultures reinvented invention Karl Palmås
6. Modern sport between purity and hybridity Kalle Jonasson
7. Re(con)fusion of law and sport in light of ‘seriousness’ and ‘trivialization’ Bo Carlsson
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.