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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

“An eccentric, fascinating exposé of a world most of us know nothing about.”

The New York Times Book Review

"An insightful, entertaining, brainiac sports road trip."

The Wall Street Journal

"Foer’s...


Research Methods for Sports Studies: Third Edition

by Ian Jones

Research Methods for Sports Studies is a comprehensive, engaging and practical textbook that provides a complete grounding in both qualitative and quantitative research methods for the sports studies student....


Reframing Disability?: Media, (Dis)Empowerment, and Voice in the 2012 Paralympics

by Daniel Jackson, Caroline E.M. Hodges & Mike Molesworth

The London 2012 Paralympic Games - the biggest, most accessible and best-attended games in the Paralympics' 64-year history - came with an explicit aim to "transform the perception of disabled people in society,"...


Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby

by Adele Pavlidis & Simone Fullagar

As a new breed of lifestyle sport enthusiasts ‘derby grrrls’ are pushing the boundaries of gender as they negotiate the nexus of pleasure, pain and power relations. Offering a socio-cultural analysis of...


Sport and Political Ideology

by John M. Hoberman

Across the modern political spectrum, left-wing and right-wing political theorists have invested sport with ideological significance. That significance, however, varies distinctively and characteristically with...


Podium

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 original...


The Commonwealth Games

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...


Health and Elite Sport: Is High Performance Sport a Healthy Pursuit?

by Joe Baker, Parissa Safai & Jessica Fraser-Thomas

Health and Elite Sport is the first book to critically examine the relationship between participation in high performance sport and health outcomes. Drawing on theory and empirical data from a wide range of...


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,...


Football and Migration: Perspectives, Places, Players

by Richard Elliott & John Harris

Football is an incredibly powerful case study of globalization and an extremely useful lens through which to study and understand contemporary processes of international migration. This is the first book to...


Sport Development in the United States: High Performance and Mass Participation

by Peter Smolianov, Dwight Zakus & Joseph Gallo

The development of both elite, high performance sport and mass participation, grassroots-level sport are central concerns for governments and sports governing bodies. This important new study is the first to...


Sport, Racism and Social Media

by Neil Farrington, Lee Hall & Daniel Kilvington

Racist abuse may at one time have been hurled across the sports stadium or scrawled on a wall. But in today's social media world it can be published to millions, from almost anywhere, in an instant.

Sport,...


Touch in Sports Coaching and Physical Education: Fear, Risk and Moral Panic

by Heather Piper

In our increasingly risk-averse society, touch and touching behaviours between professionals and children have become a fraught issue. In sports coaching and physical education, touching young sports performers...


Moral Encounters in Tourism

by Mary Mostafanezhad & Kevin Hannam

This first full length treatment of the role of morality in tourism examines how the tourism encounter is also fundamentally a moral encounter. Drawing upon interdisciplinary perspectives, leading and new authors...


Sport and Crime Reduction: The Role of Sports in Tackling Youth Crime

by Geoff Nichols

The use of sports-based activity programmes as a means of tackling crime has been explored in a number of countries worldwide, particularly in relation to the prevention of re-offending in the ten to eighteen...


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

Tensions over the production of urban public space came to the fore in summer 2013 with mass protests in Turkey sparked by a plan to redevelop Taksim Gezi Park, Istanbul. In London, concomitant proposals to...


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...