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Sport and Society in the Global Age by Tim Marjoribanks, Karen Farquharson


Sport and Society in the Global Age by Tim Marjoribanks, Karen Farquharson

Are sports influenced by their social context? Can sport influence the social world? And how is sport changing in our increasingly globalized society? This thought-provoking text explores these questions and introduces key debates in the sociology of sport. Uncovering the power dynamics within sport and bringing this everyday topic under a sociological lens, the book: explores hot topics and contemporary controversies, such as e-gaming, fan violence and sex testingexamines the central role of technology and the media in how sport is consumed, represented and playeddiscusses a wide range of thinkers, from Gramsci to Castellsreflects on developments in sport at local, global and national levels.With clearly explained theory and vibrant case examples, this text shows how we engage with sport in social, political, cultural and economic terms. It is an indispensable text for students across the social sciences studying sports.


'Extremely accessible and theoretically sophisticated, this book beautifully accomplishes three tasks at once: it shows that sports are inevitably related to the social world, places sports in their broader global but also local contexts, and advocates for a more just world of sports. This is a must read for any student of sociology and sports.' - Francesco Duina,Professor of Sociology, Bates College, USA 'Comprehensive, accessible and insightful - Sport and Society in the Global Age presents compelling analysis and case studies for any reader wanting to understand why sport matters in contemporary society.' - Brett Hutchins, Co-Director of the Research Unit in Media Studies,Monash University, Australia 'As sport continues to grow, both in terms of public and commercial interest, it is vital that academic study keeps pace with new developments. This text provides both beginning students and the general reader a valuable introduction to contemporary research and debates about sport and societal processes, governance and global culture.' - John Horne, Professor of Sport and Sociology, University of Central Lancashire, UK 'This textbook brings a studied sociological imagination to sport on both the street corner and theglobal stage. Clearly argued and structured, it invites readers to embrace sport as a compelling object of lively social inquiry.' - David Rowe,Professorin the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, Australia 'There is no doubt at all that this is an excellent book...when one enjoys a book so much, one can be confident of its quality and utility for students and tutors alike...It has already become essential reading on my courses' - John Kelly, University of Edinburgh, UK'

About the Author

TIMOTHY MARJORIBANKSProfessor of Management in the Graduate School of Management at La Trobe University, Australia. From 1997 to 2010, he taught and researched in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Melbourne, Australia. His research explores the role of power in organisational practice, with a particular focus on the sport, media and health industries. He has written numerous book chapters and journal articles in these areas, and his previous book is News Corporation, Technology and the Workplace.KAREN FARQUHARSONAssociate Professor of Sociology and Head of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences group at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. She was a Fulbright Fellow to South Africa, and she has published in the areas of race and ethnic relations, the media, sport and research methods. Her previous book (with Katharine Betts and Anne Seitz) was Writing Essays and Research Reports in the Social Sciences.

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Publication date

12th October 2011


Tim Marjoribanks, Karen Farquharson

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Palgrave an imprint of Palgrave Macmillan


272 pages


Sociology: sport & leisure



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