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The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football

by Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian

A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year 

NCAA football is big business. Every Saturday millions of people file into massive stadiums or tune in on television as "athlete-students" give everything they've got...


How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

by Franklin Foer

Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. It is a perfect window into the cross–currents of today's world, with all its joys and its sorrows. In this remarkably insightful, wide–ranging work...


Social Capital and Sport Governance in Europe

by Margaret Groeneveld & Barrie Houlihan

This book critically presents the mechanisms and structures in a selection of sport federations within a variety of European countries that illuminate the varied relationships between not-for-profit sport federations,...


The Native American Mascot Controversy

by C. Richard King

Sports mascots have been a tradition for decades. Along with the usual lions and tigers, many schools are represented by Native American images. Once considered a benign practice, numerous studies have proved...


Travel and Transformation

by Garth Lean, Russell Staiff & Emma Waterton

Bringing together geographers, sociologists, cultural researchers, philosophers, anthropologists, visual researchers, literary scholars and heritage researchers, this volume explores what it means to transform...


Safeguarding, Child Protection and Abuse in Sport: International Perspectives in Research, Policy and Practice

by Melanie Lang & Mike Hartill

The safeguarding of children and young people participating in sport has become an increasingly prominent concern in policy-making and research communities around the world. Major organisations such as the IOC...


On South Bank: The Production of Public Space

by Alasdair J.H. Jones

Through an in-depth ethnographic examination of London's 'South Bank', this book explores the value widely presupposed on urban public space. Based on subjective accounts of the value of public space, as well...


Sport, Coaching and Intellectual Disability

by David Hassan, Sandra Dowling & Roy McConkey

There are more opportunities than ever before for young people with disabilities to participate in sport and adapted physical education. For example, there are more than 3.7 million athletes worldwide aligned...


The Serious Leisure Perspective: An Introduction

by Sam Elkington & Robert A. Stebbins

The "Serious Leisure Perspective" (SLP) is a theoretical framework that can help us understand the complexities of modern leisure as both an activity and an experience. Bringing together the study of serious...


Podium: What Shapes a Sporting Champion?

by Ben Oakley

What does it really take to make the podium? Which of the biological, environmental and psychological factors really shape a champion�s route to the top?

To answer these questions, Ben Oakley has taken the...


Sport and Social Exclusion in Global Society

by Ramón|Magee, Jonathan Spaaij & Ruth Jeanes

Social exclusion is one of the most pressing challenges in post-industrial societies, encompassing economic, social, cultural and political dimensions. This important new book critically examines the relationship...


Sport and Social Exclusion: Second edition

by Mike Collins

Tackling social exclusion should be a central aim of any civilised social policy. In this meticulously revised and updated new edition of his groundbreaking study, Sport and Social Exclusion, Mike Collins has...


The Consumption and Representation of Lifestyle Sports

by Belinda Wheaton

Since their emergence in the 1960s, lifestyle sports (also referred to as action sport, extreme sports, adventure sports) have experienced unprecedented growth both in terms of participation and in their increased...


The Youth Olympic Games

by Dag Vidar Hanstad, Milena M. Parent & Barrie Houlihan

The first summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) were held in Singapore in 2010 and the first winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012. The IOC hopes that the YOG will encourage young people to be more active...


The Commonwealth Games: Extraordinary Stories Behind the Medals

by Brian Oliver

How well do you know the Friendly Games?

Sports journalist Brian Oliver brings the Commonwealth Games to life with riveting stories of the athletes who have competed over the years. He delves into the best tales...


The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport

by Cesar R. Torres

The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport features specially commissioned essays from a team of leading international scholars. The book, by providing an overview of the advances in the philosophical...


English National Identity and Football Fan Culture: Who Are Ya?

by Tom Gibbons

Examining football fans' expressions of Englishness in public houses and online spaces, the author discusses the effects of globalisation, European integration and UK devolution on English society, revealing...


Travel and Imagination

by Garth Lean, Russell Staiff & Emma Waterton

Bringing together geographers, sociologists, cultural researchers, philosophers, anthropologists, visual researchers, archaeologists, heritage researchers, literary scholars and creative writers, this edited...


Sport, Medicine, Ethics

by Mike McNamee

The ethics of sports medicine is an important emerging area within biomedical ethics. The professionalization of medical support services in sport and continuing debates around issues such as performance-enhancing...


Barbaric Sport: A Global Plague

by Marc Perelman

Marc Perelman pulls no punches in this succinct and searing broadside, assailing the ‘recent form of barbarism’ that is the global sporting event. Forget the Olympics and consider, under Perelman’s...