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Sports & outdoor recreation

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Online Research Methods in Sport Studies

Online Research Methods in Sport Studies

The internet and digital technologies have transformed sport and the way that we research sport, opening up new ways to analyse sport organisations, fan communities, networks, athletes, the media and other key stakeholders in the field. This engaging and innovative book offers a complete introduction to online research methods in sport studies, guiding the reader through the entire research process and bringing that process to life with sport-related cases and examples. Covering both qualitative and quantitative methods, the book introduces key topics such as generating a research idea, implementing the research design, maintaining good ethical standards, and collecting, analysing and presenting data. It explains how to conduct online surveys, online interviews and online ethnography in practice, and every chapter contains individual and group activities to encourage the reader to engage with real online research, as well as further reading suggestions to help them develop their knowledge. Online Research Methods in Sport Studies is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and researchers with an interest in sport studies, and is a useful reference for practitioners working in sport or sport media who want to improve their professional research skills.

Online Research Methods in Sport Studies

Online Research Methods in Sport Studies

The internet and digital technologies have transformed sport and the way that we research sport, opening up new ways to analyse sport organisations, fan communities, networks, athletes, the media and other key stakeholders in the field. This engaging and innovative book offers a complete introduction to online research methods in sport studies, guiding the reader through the entire research process and bringing that process to life with sport-related cases and examples. Covering both qualitative and quantitative methods, the book introduces key topics such as generating a research idea, implementing the research design, maintaining good ethical standards, and collecting, analysing and presenting data. It explains how to conduct online surveys, online interviews and online ethnography in practice, and every chapter contains individual and group activities to encourage the reader to engage with real online research, as well as further reading suggestions to help them develop their knowledge. Online Research Methods in Sport Studies is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and researchers with an interest in sport studies, and is a useful reference for practitioners working in sport or sport media who want to improve their professional research skills.

Sociocultural Examinations of Sports Concussions'

Sociocultural Examinations of Sports Concussions'

Sport's concussion crisis has been characterized by controversial scientific discoveries, athlete suicides, and high profile lawsuits involving professional sports leagues, while provoking widespread media coverage, changes to game rules, and debate about the future of many popular sports. Sociocultural Examinations of Sports Concussion is the first edited collection to bring together multiple sociocultural perspectives on sports concussion that interrogate the social, economic, political, and historical forces shaping the cultural impacts of these injuries. Each of the ten chapters move beyond biomedical or neuroscientific paradigms to critically examine a specific intersection of sociocultural factors influencing public perceptions about concussion or athlete experiences of brain injury. These include analyses of media and advertising, medical treatment and diagnostic protocols, gender and masculinity, developments in equipment and scientific models, economics and labor politics, understandings of trauma and recovery, public health philosophies and disciplinary differences in framing the ontologies of concussion. Drawing from a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, Sociocultural Examinations of Sports Concussion offers a diverse set of analyses examining brain injuries as cultural and embodied phenomena affecting more than just athletes' brains, but also embedded within and (re)shaping meanings, identities, and social contexts. It is valuable reading for graduate students and researchers interested in the experience and treatment of sports concussion, sport sociology, and sports technology.

The Wilderness Idiot Lessons from an Accidental Adventurer

The Wilderness Idiot Lessons from an Accidental Adventurer

Author: Ted Alvarez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2019

Ted Alvarez built a career and an outdoor lifestyle by simply not being smart enough to say no to things that will probably kill him, or at least embarrass him severely. From nearly drowning in pro kayak races to hallucinating on solo trips across bear-and-bug-infested wildernesses, his work exists to show that the outsider Everywoman and -man can have the spotlight. In a series of hilarious and insightful essays, Alvarez shows that you don't need to shred sick lines to find adventure-you just have to embrace the blank spots beyond your comfort zone. That way lies self-knowledge, soul-quieting confidence, and the soul of wilderness. More than most, Alvarez knows outsiders belong outside-and he wants to welcome them into the tribe. The Wilderness Idiot airlifts readers to the world's most remote places (in reality and in the mind) and make them feel so at home they'll start dreaming about adventures of their own.

Jayhawker On History, Home, and Basketball

Jayhawker On History, Home, and Basketball

Author: Andrew Malan Milward Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Wars ravage Iraq and Afghanistan. An earthquake devastates Haiti. The economy is in crisis and America is in the death grip of partisan politics. But what really, really gets you down? Your college basketball team loses a key game. It kind of makes a person wonder-first, of course, about his priorities, but then, inevitably, about the nature of such an obsession, one clearly shared with millions of sports fans spanning the United States. In a book that begins with one fan's passion for a game, Andrew Malan Milward takes a deep dive into sports culture, team loyalty, and a shared sense of belonging-and what these have to do with character, home, and history. At the University of Kansas-where the inventor of the sport coached its first team-basketball is a religion, and Milward is a devoted follower with a faith that has grown despite time and distance. Jayhawker, his first venture into nonfiction, bears the marks of the accomplished storyteller. Sharply observed, deftly written, and often as dramatic as its Subject, the book pairs personal memoir with cultural history to conduct us from the world of the athlete to the literary life, from competition to camaraderie, from the history of the game to the game as a reflection of American history at its darkest hour and in its shining moments. A journey through one man's obsession with basketball, Jayhawker: On History, Home, and Basketball tells a quintessential American story.

Gods, Games, and Globilization New Perspectives on Religion and Sport

Gods, Games, and Globilization New Perspectives on Religion and Sport

Author: Rebecca Alpert, Arthur Remillard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

The focus of this volume is on the varieties of religious experiences in sports on the global stage. The first generation of sports and religion scholars debated the ways sports intersected with or even replaced traditional religions and investigated self-identified religious adherents and institutions that have used sports in traditional religious contexts. Our task here is to expand, revise, and complicate this conversation. The essays in this volume look both within and beyond conventional frames to shine a light on the many facets of this endlessly compelling topic. The authors featured here press against the U.S. settings that have occupied a central location in the story of religion and sports. These essays extend out to the different corners of the world, to developed and developing nations, from urban to rural landscapes. They examine sports with devoted followings that are underrepresented in conversations on religion and sports: mixed martial arts, fly fishing, pole dancing, youth hockey, and track and field. And they reveal sports' connectedness to broader global forces, such as capitalism, education, philanthropy, and international conflict, providing new theoretical perspectives in the study of religion and sport. Sports make ordinary people act in extraordinarily strange ways. This aim of this book is to encourage readers to develop a deeper appreciation for this curious human activity. Because whether it's a soccer game in Africa, or a baseball game in New York City, we all have a great deal to learn about the games that people play and love.

Test Match Special Diary

Test Match Special Diary

Author: Test Match Special Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

Few things are as evocative of the English summer as Test Match Special, and in 2019 the team had a spectacular cricket season to cover, with the men's and women's Ashes series and the ICC World Cup all taking place. Now, in this brilliant and compelling account of the summer, we get to see behind the scenes to find out what really goes on. As well as covering all the key events on the field to ensure the reader can relive the dramatic action as Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Heather Knight's sides compete for glory, the TMS Diary takes the reader into the commentary box to join Aggers and the rest of the crew. Relive the stunning drama of England's nailbiting Super Over World Cup victory, and find out how the commentary team coped as the tension mounted. From the guests who inspired them to the cakes that were irresistible, from the bloopers that had them in stitches to the stunning action that left them almost speechless - it's all here in this fascinating book. Filled with contributions from all the regulars in the TMS commentary box, including Jonathan Agnew, Geoffrey Boycott, Isa Guha, Alison Mitchell, Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan, along with some of the most obscure cricketing trivia from scorers Andrew Samson and Andy Zaltzman, this is a book that no fan of Test Match Special can be without.

Social Activism in Women's Tennis Generations of Politics and Cultural Change

Social Activism in Women's Tennis Generations of Politics and Cultural Change

Author: Kristi (St Mary's College of Maryland, US) Tredway Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2019

Analyzing the key players and political moments in women's professional tennis since 1968, this book explores the historical lineage of social activism within women's tennis and the issues, expressions, risks and effects associated with each cohort of players. Drawing on original qualitative research, including interviews with former players, the book examines tennis's position in debates around gender, sexuality, race and equal pay. It looks at how the actions and choices of the pioneering activist players were simultaneously shaped by, and had a part in shaping, larger social movements committed to challenging the status quo and working towards increased economic equality for women. Taking an intersectional approach, the book assesses the significance of players from Althea Gibson and Martina Navratilova to Venus and Serena Williams, illuminating our understanding of the relationship between sport, social justice and wider society. This is important reading for researchers and students working in sport studies, sociology, women's studies, and political science, as well as anybody with an interest in social activism and social movements. It is also a fascinating read for the general tennis fan.

Sport and Mediatization

Sport and Mediatization

Author: Kirsten (Aarhus University, Denmark) Frandsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2019

Contemporary society is highly media-saturated, and no sector more so than sport. Drawing on case studies from the Tour de France to fitness apps, this book introduces the concept of `mediatization' and examines how media - historically and currently - are significant drivers for social and cultural change in sport. Utilizing different analytical approaches, case studies illustrate how so-called legacy media have historically been involved in the establishment of the institution of sport and have persistently been heavily involved in structural changes in the same domain. However, digital media currently add significantly to the development of a more complex picture of globalized interdependencies and still growing media presence in all aspects of the everyday lives of both sporting organizations, athletes and audiences/fans. The book seeks to eschew media centrism, acknowledging that changes are not only 'driven' by media but also related to other macro-social forces of change, such as globalization, commercialization, and individualization. Offering a new analytical framework, Sport and Mediatization enables students and scholars in the transdisciplinary field of media and sports studies to analyze and understand the influence of media in a much more complex environment.

Research Methodology for Social Sciences

Research Methodology for Social Sciences

Author: Rajat Acharyya Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2019

Research Methodology for Social Sciences provides a guideline for researchers in social sciences, covering different aspects of qualitative research techniques and evidence-based research techniques including survey design, choice of sample, construction of indices, statistical inferences, and data analysis. With illustrations, examples and reader friendly approach, this volume takes research scholars and market analysts through concepts, techniques and tools at different stages of research beginning with design of field surveys to collect raw data and then to analyze the data using statistical and econometric methods. Alongside the insights gained in epistemological issues and debates over qualitative research methods, the readers will learn how to design and conduct evidence-based research in social sciences using both qualitative and quantitative data. The volume can be used as reference material for compulsory research methodology courses at the M.Phil and Ph.D. levels across different disciplines like Economics, Sociology, Women's Studies, Education, Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, Philosophy, History, Business Management and the like. This volume can also be used for a post-graduate course on quantitative techniques and data analysis.

Research Methodology for Social Sciences

Research Methodology for Social Sciences

Author: Rajat Acharyya Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2019

Research Methodology for Social Sciences provides a guideline for researchers in social sciences, covering different aspects of qualitative research techniques and evidence-based research techniques including survey design, choice of sample, construction of indices, statistical inferences, and data analysis. With illustrations, examples and reader friendly approach, this volume takes research scholars and market analysts through concepts, techniques and tools at different stages of research beginning with design of field surveys to collect raw data and then to analyze the data using statistical and econometric methods. Alongside the insights gained in epistemological issues and debates over qualitative research methods, the readers will learn how to design and conduct evidence-based research in social sciences using both qualitative and quantitative data. The volume can be used as reference material for compulsory research methodology courses at the M.Phil and Ph.D. levels across different disciplines like Economics, Sociology, Women's Studies, Education, Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, Philosophy, History, Business Management and the like. This volume can also be used for a post-graduate course on quantitative techniques and data analysis.