Sport sociology has a responsibility to engage critically with the accepted wisdom of those who govern and promote sport. This challenging collection of international research is a clear call for enacting the transformation of sport. The contributing authors argue that it is not enough to merely advocate for change. Rather, they insist that scholars need to take an active political stance when conducting research with the explicit purpose of attempting to transform the practices, structures, and the ways in which knowledge is produced about sport.
By exposing and challenging the power relations which perpetuate discrimination and inequality within sport, it becomes possible to catalyse wider societal changes. Drawing on a diversity of topics including sport for development and peace, transnational feminism, disability sport, refugees and football activism, FIFA, the Olympics, sports journalism and digital sports media, this book makes a case for sport sociology as an agent of positive change in the hierarchies and institutional structures of contemporary sport.
Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices, Structures provides valuable insights for all students and scholars interested in the sociology of sport and its transformative potential.
Table of Contents
1. ‘Something has got to be done about this’: Transforming Sport, Selves and Scholarship
[Thomas F. Carter, Mark Doidge and Daniel Burdsey]
Part I: Knowledges
2. Refugees United: The Role of Activism and Football in Supporting Refugees
3. Agency and Intention Without Individualism: Some Methodological Pre-requisites?
4. Coming Out of Containment: Feminist Methodological Considerations for Researching Women in Sport
5. "The Point, However, Is to Change It": Critical Social Sciences and the Olympic Games
6. Transforming Methodological Nationalism: The Case of Sports Scholarship and Policy Towards Migrants and Descendants
7. Love Fighting Hate Violence: An Anti-Violence Program for Martial Arts and Combat Sports
[Alex Channon and Christopher R. Matthews]
Part II: Structures
8. In Whose Humanity?
[Thomas F. Carter]
9. FIFA: Ethics, Voice and Organisational Power Plays
10. Exploring the Growth of the Commonwealth Games
11. Transforming Power Relationships Within Grassroots and Professional Football to Engender Social Change: Re-Visiting the Exclusion of British Asians
[Kuljit Randhawa and Daniel Burdsey]
Part III: Practices
12. Transforming Informal Communities Through Discourse Intervention: RioOnWatch, Favelas and the 2016 Olympic Games
13. Putting the P in SDP: Sport and Peace-Building in Divided Societies: The Origins and Evolution of Critical Proactivism
14. Earnest Travellers: Bodies (that) Matter in Transnational Feminist Research
[Payoshni Mitra and Megan Chawansky]
15. Sports Journalism and Cultural Authority in the Digital Age
16. Sport Media Texts and Audiences: A Critical Overview of Issues, Interactions and Interventions
17. Through the Lens of Hillsborough: The Truth, Archival Remixes and Critical Sociology
18. Transformation, Advocacy and Voice in Disability Sport Research
Thomas F. Carter is Principal Lecturer in the Anthropology of Sport at the University of Brighton, UK. His research increasingly focuses on questions of citizenship, personhood and humanity as it emerges out of his earlier work on the political economy of sport and the interlocutions of space, movement, and bodies around the world but most especially in Cuba. He is the author four books, the most recent of which explores how running makes us human
Daniel Burdsey is a Reader and Deputy Head of School (Research and Enterprise) in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton, UK. His current research focuses on ageing and physical culture in British Asian communities; social and cultural aspects of the contemporary English seaside and coast, especially the connections between race, whiteness, migration and ‘new’ spaces of multiculture; and sport, decoloniality and anti-racist resistance
Mark Doidge is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton, UK. His current research focuses on the role of sport in supporting refugees and asylum seekers, both in camps and in host communities. Dr Doidge’s research also focuses on European football and political activism amongst football fans across Europe. He is Director of the Anti-Discrimination Division of Football Supporters Europe, and a member of refugee groups in Brighton, including the Hummingbird Project, Sanctuary on Sea, and Migrant and Refugee Solidarity
"Transforming Sport unpicks the power relations that serve to structure, in most cases limit too, the otherwise joyful potential of sport as a means to human liberation. This unfulfilled potential is defined, quite rightly in my view, by most of the book's contributors as the ability, or inability to 'do' sport."
-Mark Perryman, Philosophy Football