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Exploring Sports and Society

A Critical Introduction for Students

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What is the relationship between sports and society? How can we understand sport in relation to physical activities, leisure and physical culture? In this far-reaching and inter-disciplinary textbook, Karl Spracklen brings...

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What is the relationship between sports and society? How can we understand sport in relation to physical activities, leisure and physical culture? In this far-reaching and inter-disciplinary textbook, Karl Spracklen brings together ideas and research from sports studies, sociology, cultural studies, history, philosophy and psychology, in order to explore the meaning and purpose of sports in society. Unique in its critical outlook, the text explicitly aims to challenge readers to question their assumptions about sports and physical culture, through chapters that focus in on the issues and controversies in sports and identify the tensions in the role of sport and physical culture in our everyday lives. Combining exposition of key concepts with critical analysis of relevant and up-to-date research examples, this informative and provocative textbook makes a distinct companion for students and lecturers across all sports-related courses, from sports science and physical education to sports studies and leisure studies.

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A truly interdisciplinary sports studies textbook
Relevant and uptodate international research examples
Unique in being a sports studies textbook that also presents a critique of sports
Clear, accessible writing that defines jargon and clarifies complex terms


Introduction: Sport(s) and Physical Culture.- PART I: POSITIONS 1. Who Invented Sports?.- 2. Sporting Myths and Sports Histories.- 3. Sport, Freedom, Fairness.- 4. Character and Community Building.- 5. Embodiment and Gratification.- 6. Sport and Wellbeing.- PART II: PROBLEMS 7. The Obesity Epidemic.- 8. Performance Enhancement.- 9. Compulsory Physical Education.- 10. Biology and Essentialism.- 11. The Limits of Sport Science.- 12. Watching Sport.- 13. The Sports Industry.- 14. Sports Fashions.- Conclusion: The Future of Sport as Physical Culture.
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Karl Spracklen is Professor of Leisure Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, and Project Leader for the Inter-Disciplinary.Net sports conferences. He is the author of several texts on leisure and sport, including The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure, Constructing Leisure, Whiteness and Leisure, as well as the textbook Leisure, Sports and Society, all published by Palgrave.

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Karl Spracklen is Professor of Leisure Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, and Project Leader for the Inter-Disciplinary.Net sports conferences. He is the author of several texts on leisure and sport, including The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure, Constructing Leisure, Whiteness and Leisure, as well as the textbook Leisure, Sports and Society, all published by Palgrave.

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