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Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

Series Editor: Jennifer Hargreaves, Ian Mcdonald

The Routledge Critical Studies in Sport series aims to lead the way in developing the multi-disciplinary field of Sport Studies by producing books that are interrogative, interventionist and innovative. By providing theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded texts, the series will make sense of the changes and challenges facing sport globally. The series aspires to maintain the commitment and promise of the critical paradigm by contributing to a more inclusive and less exploitative culture of sport.

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1-10 of 14 results in Routledge Critical Studies in Sport
  1. Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games

    By Jules Boykoff

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

    The Olympic Games have become the world’s greatest media and marketing event—a global celebration of exceptional athletics gilded with corporate cash. Huge corporations vie for association with the "Olympic Image" in the hope of gaining a worldwide marketing audience of billions. In this...

    Published June 23rd 2014 by Routledge

  2. The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports

    By Belinda Wheaton

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

    This important new study examines the changing place and meaning of lifestyle sports – parkour, surfing, skateboarding, kite-surfing and others – and asks whether they continue to pose a challenge to the dominant meanings and experience of ‘sport’ and physical culture. Drawing on a series of...

    Published July 23rd 2013 by Routledge

  3. The Gay Games

    A History

    By Caroline Symons

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

    The Gay Games is an important piece of new social history, examining one of the largest sporting, cultural and human rights events in the world. Since their inception in 1980, the Gay Games have developed into a multi-million dollar mega-event, engaging people from all continents, while the...

    Published May 1st 2012 by Routledge

  4. Global and Local Football

    Politics and Europeanization on the fringes of the EU

    By Gary Armstrong, Jon P. Mitchell

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

    What can the history of a nation's football reveal about that nation's wider political and socio-cultural identity? How can the study of local football culture help us to understand the powerful international forces at play within the modern game? Based on long-term and detailed ethnographic...

    Published September 3rd 2009 by Routledge

  5. Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport

    Edited by Ben Carrington, Ian McDonald

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

    The cultural ubiquity, political prominence and economic significance of contemporary sport present fertile terrain for its critical socio-cultural analysis. From corporate and media dominated mega-events like the Olympic Games, to state programmes for nation-building and health promotion, to the...

    Published December 5th 2008 by Routledge

  6. The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement

    Through an Anthropological Lens

    By David Howe

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

    Do the Paralympic Games empower the disability sport community? Like many other contemporary sporting institutions, the Paralympic Games have made the transition from pastime to spectacle, and the profile of athletes with disabilities has been increased as a result. This book reviews the current...

    Published February 7th 2008 by Routledge

  7. British Asians and Football

    Culture, Identity, Exclusion

    By Daniel Burdsey

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

    In spite of a great passion in the game and significant involvement at amateur level, British Asians are under-represented in professional football. This book asks how and why this situation has developed, using extensive interviews with British Asian football players to offer an insider’s...

    Published January 31st 2008 by Routledge

  8. Olympic Media

    Inside the Biggest Show on Television

    By Andrew C Billings

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

    Located in the United States, NBC (National Broadcasting Company) is the biggest and most powerful Olympic network in the world, having won the rights to televise both the Summer and the Winter Olympic Games. By way of attracting more viewers of both sexes and all ages and ethnicities than any...

    Published January 23rd 2008 by Routledge

  9. Culture, Politics and Sport

    Blowing the Whistle, Revisited

    By Garry Whannel

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

    'Whannel is a foundational figure in the study of sports and the media. …For 20 years his writing has set a high standard …and it remains an inspiration to many' - Toby Miller, Professor of Cultural Studies, New York University, USA Garry Whannel’s text Blowing the Whistle: The Politics of Sport&...

    Published January 14th 2008 by Routledge

  10. Physical Culture, Power, and the Body

    Edited by Patricia Vertinsky, Jennifer Hargreaves

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

    During the past decade, there has been an outpouring of books on 'the body' in society, but none has focused as specifically on physical culture - that is, cultural practices such as sport and dance within which the moving physical body is central. Questions are raised about the character of the...

    Published October 11th 2006 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Soccer, Culture and Society in Spain: An Ethnography of Basque Fandom
    By Mariann Vaczi
    To Be Published February 17th 2015

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