Power Games: A Critical Sociology of Sport

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John Peter Sugden, Alan Tomlinson
Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Critical and radical perspectives have been central to the emergence of the sociology of sport as a discipline in its own right. This ground-breaking new book is the first to offer a comprehensive theory and method for a critical sociology of sport. It argues that class, political economy, hegemony and other concepts central to the radical tradition are essential for framing, understanding and changing social and political relations within sport and between sport and society.
The book draws upon the disciplines of politics, sociology, history and philosophy to provide a critical analysis of power relations throughout the world of sport, while offering important new case studies from such diverse sporting contexts as the Olympics, world football, boxing, cricket, tennis and windsurfing. In the process, it addresses key topics such as:
* nations and nationalism
* globalisation
* race
* gender
* political economy.
Power Gamescan be used as a complete introduction to the study of sport and society. And will be essential reading for any serious student of sport. At the same time, it is a provocative book that by argument and example challenges those who research and write about sport to make their work relevant to social and political reform.

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About the author (2002)

Dr. John Sugden is already acknowledged as the leading authority on Tecumseh and the Shawnee. His previous books include "Tecumseh's Last Stand" and the critically acclaimed" Sir Francis Drake," In 1988 Dr. Sugden was a Ford Foundation Fellow.

Alan Tomlinson is Professor of Leisure Studies and Director of Research in the Research & Graduate College of Sport, Chelsea School, University of Brighton, UK. He is the author of "Sport and Leisure Cultures" and "A Dictionary of Sports Studies".

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