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.
Table of Contents
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
Bo Carlsson, Professor in Sport Science, Malmö University. Carlsson has an academic background in sociology of law, and has worked with sport law in general and more particular in relation to sport, popular culture, consumption and the legal culture of sport.
Susanna Hedenborg, Professor in Sport Science, Malmö University. Hedenborg has an academic background in Economic and social history and has worked with sport history, gender studies, children and youth sport within the field of sport science.