Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

Series Editors: Jennifer Hargreaves, Ian McDonald

The Routledge Critical Studies in Sport series aims to lead the way in developing the multi-disciplinary field of Sport Studies by producing books that are interrogative, interventionist and innovative. By providing theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded texts, the series will make sense of the changes and challenges facing sport globally. The series aspires to maintain the commitment and promise of the critical paradigm by contributing to a more inclusive and less exploitative culture of sport.

  • Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality in Sport

    By Heather Sykes

    This interrogative and challenging study examines gender and sexuality in relation to race and colonialism in sport. Built around six case studies in postcolonial and settler colonial contexts - the Vancouver Olympics, London Olympics, Sochi Olympics, Rio World Cup and Olympics, Israeli gay sport…

    Hardback – 2016-06-30 
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  • Sport Documentaries

    By Ian McDonald

    Sport has become a dominant global cultural form and therefore, with increasing frequency, a cinematic subject. This ground-breaking book is the first to focus on sport in documentary film as a significant aspect of sport in culture and to argue for the importance of the sports documentary as a…

    Hardback – 2016-06-14 
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  • Olympic Games, Social Legacies, and Urban Exclusion

    Marginalized Youth in Olympic Cities

    By Jacqueline Kennelly

    Olympic Games are sold to host city populations on the basis of legacy commitments that incorporate aid for the young and the poor. Yet little is known about the realities of marginalized young people living in host cities. Do they benefit from social housing and employment opportunities? Or do…

    Hardback – 2016-04-14 
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  • Soccer, Culture and Society in Spain

    An Ethnography of Basque Fandom

    By Mariann Vaczi

    Spanish soccer is on top of the world, at international and club level, with the best teams and a seemingly endless supply of exciting and stylish players. While the Spanish economy struggles, its soccer flourishes, deeply embedded throughout Spanish social and cultural life. But the relationship…

    Hardback – 2015-02-10
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  • Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games

    By Jules Boykoff

    The Olympic Games have become the world’s greatest media and marketing event—a global celebration of exceptional athletics gilded with corporate cash. Huge corporations vie for association with the "Olympic Image" in the hope of gaining a worldwide marketing audience of billions. In this…

    Paperback – 2014-06-22
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  • The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports

    By Belinda Wheaton

    This important new study examines the changing place and meaning of lifestyle sports – parkour, surfing, skateboarding, kite-surfing and others – and asks whether they continue to pose a challenge to the dominant meanings and experience of ‘sport’ and physical culture. Drawing on a series of…

    Paperback – 2013-07-22
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  • The Gay Games

    A History

    By Caroline Symons

    The Gay Games is an important piece of new social history, examining one of the largest sporting, cultural and human rights events in the world. Since their inception in 1980, the Gay Games have developed into a multi-million dollar mega-event, engaging people from all continents, while the…

    Paperback – 2012-04-30
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  • Global and Local Football

    Politics and Europeanization on the fringes of the EU

    By Gary Armstrong, Jon P. Mitchell

    What can the history of a nation's football reveal about that nation's wider political and socio-cultural identity? How can the study of local football culture help us to understand the powerful international forces at play within the modern game? Based on long-term and detailed ethnographic…

    Paperback – 2009-09-02
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  • Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport

    Edited by Ben Carrington, Ian McDonald

    The cultural ubiquity, political prominence and economic significance of contemporary sport present fertile terrain for its critical socio-cultural analysis. From corporate and media dominated mega-events like the Olympic Games, to state programmes for nation-building and health promotion, to the…

    Paperback – 2008-12-04
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  • The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement

    Through an Anthropological Lens

    By David Howe

    Do the Paralympic Games empower the disability sport community? Like many other contemporary sporting institutions, the Paralympic Games have made the transition from pastime to spectacle, and the profile of athletes with disabilities has been increased as a result. This book reviews the current…

    Paperback – 2008-02-06
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  • British Asians and Football

    Culture, Identity, Exclusion

    By Daniel Burdsey

    In spite of a great passion in the game and significant involvement at amateur level, British Asians are under-represented in professional football. This book asks how and why this situation has developed, using extensive interviews with British Asian football players to offer an insider’s…

    Paperback – 2008-01-30
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  • Olympic Media

    Inside the Biggest Show on Television

    By Andrew C Billings

    Located in the United States, NBC (National Broadcasting Company) is the biggest and most powerful Olympic network in the world, having won the rights to televise both the Summer and the Winter Olympic Games. By way of attracting more viewers of both sexes and all ages and ethnicities than any…

    Paperback – 2008-01-22
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  • Culture, Politics and Sport

    Blowing the Whistle, Revisited

    By Garry Whannel

    'Whannel is a foundational figure in the study of sports and the media. …For 20 years his writing has set a high standard …and it remains an inspiration to many' - Toby Miller, Professor of Cultural Studies, New York University, USA Garry Whannel’s text Blowing the Whistle: The Politics of Sport&…

    Paperback – 2008-01-13
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  • Physical Culture, Power, and the Body

    Edited by Patricia Vertinsky, Jennifer Hargreaves

    During the past decade, there has been an outpouring of books on 'the body' in society, but none has focused as specifically on physical culture - that is, cultural practices such as sport and dance within which the moving physical body is central. Questions are raised about the character of the…

    Paperback – 2006-10-10
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  • Sport, Sexualities and Queer/Theory

    Edited by Jayne Caudwell

    The first book focusing exclusively on this subject, Sport, Sexualities and Queer/Theory captures the newest and best writing on an emerging focus of study that brings in perspectives from a number of disciplines including sports studies, gender studies, sociology, cultural studies, lesbian and gay…

    Paperback – 2006-10-09
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  • Why Sports Morally Matter

    By William Morgan

    When we accept that advertisers and sponsors dictate athletic schedules, that success in sport is measured by revenue, that athletes’ loyalties lie with their commercial agents instead of teams and that game rules exist to be tested and broken in the pursuit of a win, what does our regard for sport…

    Paperback – 2006-06-29
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  • Fastest, Highest, Strongest

    A Critique of High-Performance Sport

    By Rob Beamish, Ian Ritchie

    Fastest, Highest, Strongest presents a comprehensive challenge to the dominant orthodoxy concerning the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport. Examining the political and economic transformation of the Olympic Movement during the twentieth century, the authors argue that the realities of…

    Paperback – 2006-06-27
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  • Understanding Lifestyle Sport

    Consumption, Identity and Difference

    Edited by Belinda Wheaton

    The past decade has seen a tremendous growth in the popularity of activities like skateboarding and snowboarding; sports that have been labelled as 'extreme' or 'lifestyle' and which embody 'alternative' sporting values such as anti-competitiveness, anti-regulation, high risk and personal freedom.…

    Paperback – 2004-08-25
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