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Research Handbook on Sports and Society
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Research Handbook on Sports and Society

9781789903591 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Elizabeth C.J. Pike, Professor and Head of Sport, Health and Exercise, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 359 1 Extent: 424 pp
This state-of-the-art Research Handbook provides a challenging and critical examination of the complex issues surrounding sports in contemporary societies. Featuring contributions from world-leading scholars, it focuses upon the impact of their research, together with significant social issues and controversies in sport.

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This state-of-the-art Research Handbook provides a challenging and critical examination of the complex issues surrounding sports in contemporary societies. Featuring contributions from world-leading scholars, it focuses upon the impact of their research, together with significant social issues and controversies in sport.

International and comprehensive, the Research Handbook is organised around the key themes of governance, economics, events, the athletes and the future. Chapters examine the various theoretical and methodological approaches undertaken by the contributors and outline the current state of knowledge, to demonstrate the social and economic impact of academic research, as well as the constraints on research influence. Written during the global coronavirus pandemic, chapters also reflect on the way in which the public health crisis has exposed social issues and fragilities.

The Research Handbook on Sports and Society will be a beneficial read for students of all levels studying sports science, sociology and public policy. The insights offered by established researchers will aid students in further understanding key methodologies, and opportunities and challenges for research. They also include recommendations for future policy and practice grounded in substantial research evidence.
Critical Acclaim
‘As the social significance of sport seemingly grows unabated, an understanding of the issues affecting our diverse societies is essential. This Research Handbook draws together an internationally distinguished set of authors and brings these issues to life through a distinctive approach. By exploring the personal research journeys of researchers in the field, and the social activism which brings these issues to the forefront of public debate, the Research Handbook is set to become compulsory reading for students and researchers alike.’
– Dominic Malcolm, Loughborough University, UK

‘A recognised leader in the sociology of sport, Professor Elizabeth Pike offers us a scholarly collection that makes a strong and original contribution to the field. Drawing upon the expertise and versatility of both established and emerging scholars, the Research Handbook on Sports and Society is framed in relation to three key themes: scholarship, activism and impact. Overall, the topics covered are far ranging, examine some of the most important topics within contemporary sport, and, are addressed with critical theoretical analysis that provides readers with unique insights.’
– Steve Jackson, University of Otago, New Zealand
Contributors
Contributors: O. Aarresola, A. Adjepong, W. Andreff, M. Atkinson, M. Chawansky, J. Cleland, J. Coakley, J. Connor, S.C. Darnell, R.A. Dionigi, K. Fasting, A. Grainger, D. Hassan, J. Horne, J. Hovden, Y. Inoue, J. Jansen, J. Joseph, F. Kiuppis, J. Lämsä, H. Lopez-Gonzalez, L. Mwambwa, L. Norman, L.V. Piggott, E.C.J. Pike, S. Razack, N. Scelles, A. Schubring, A. Smith, R. Spaaij, G. van Campenhout, I. Waddington, L.A. Wenner
Contents
Contents:

1 Introduction to sports and society: scholarship, activism and impact 1
Elizabeth C.J. Pike

PART I THE GOVERNANCE
2 Sport, politics and the public intellectual 9
David Hassan
3 Sport organisations, politics and gender policies 22
Jorid Hovden
4 Researching and working in sport policy and development 38
Andy Smith
5 Sport, social movements and digital media 53
Simon C. Darnell, Sabrina Razack and Janelle Joseph

PART II THE ECONOMICS
6 Economic determinants of sport performance 69
Wladimir Andreff and Nicolas Scelles
7 The industry of gambling on sport: deconstructing sports betting as
a market, a product and a public health issue 83
Hibai Lopez-Gonzalez
8 Sport, advertising and promotional culture 97
Andrew Grainger
9 Media, sports, and society 111
Lawrence A. Wenner

PART III THE EVENTS
10 Sports mega-events 128
John Horne
11 Fandom and well-being 143
Yuhei Inoue

PART IV THE WORKPLACE
12 Gender and social inequity in and through sport leadership 159
Lucy V. Piggott
13 Renaming and reshaping the challenge of improving gender equity in
sport coaching 174
Leanne Norman
14 Respecting referees? An analysis of abuse, support, retention and policy 188
Jamie Cleland
15 Volunteering within sport for development and peace (SDP) projects 202
Megan Chawansky

PART V THE ATHLETES
16 Social perspectives on athlete pathways 213
Outi Aarresola, Jari Lamsa and Astrid Schubring
17 Foreign-born sportspeople in the Olympics and the Football World
Cup: migration, citizenship and nationhood 227
Gijs van Campenhout and Joost Jansen
18 From fascination to revelation: my research journey with older Masters/
Veteran athletes 244
Rylee A. Dionigi

PART VI THE ISSUES
19 Living in the along: reflections on inquiring into experiences of women in sport 261
Lombe A. Mwambwa and Elizabeth C.J. Pike
20 For a sociology of women’s sports on the African continent 276
Anima Adjepong
21 Disability inclusion in sport for all: ‘Baskin’ as a best practice model 291
Florian Kiuppis
22 Filing the podium: cheating, doping and corruption 307
James Connor
23 Researching pain and injury in sport 321
Ivan Waddington
24 Non-accidental violence in sports 337
Kari Fasting
25 Mental illness in sport 352
Michael Atkinson
26 Terrorism and sport 366
Ramón Spaaij

PART VII THE FUTURE
27 The future of sports and society: a reflection and call to action 380
Jay Coakley

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