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Routledge Critical Studies in Sport


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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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Race, Gender and Sport: The Politics of Ethnic 'Other' Girls and Women

Race, Gender and Sport: The Politics of Ethnic 'Other' Girls and Women

1st Edition

Aarti Ratna, Samaya F. Samie
June 10, 2019

The experiences of ethnic ‘Other’ females have – until recently – been widely overlooked in the study of sport. There continues to be a need to produce critical scholarship about ethnic 'Other' girls and women in sport and physical culture, in order to represent their complex, multifarious and...

The Sexual and Gender Politics of Sport Mega-Events: Roving Colonialism

The Sexual and Gender Politics of Sport Mega-Events: Roving Colonialism

1st Edition

Heather Sykes
June 08, 2018

This challenging new study examines gender and sexuality in relation to the ‘roving colonialism’ of sport mega-events. Built around four case studies in postcolonial and settler colonial contexts—the Olympics in Vancouver, London and Sochi and soccer fans in the Egyptian revolution—the book...

Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power and Sport in Global Perspective

Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power and Sport in Global Perspective

1st Edition

Natalie Koch
March 26, 2018

Sport is a geographic phenomenon. The physical and organizational infrastructure of sport occupies a prominent place in our society. This important book takes an explicitly spatial approach to sport, bringing together research in geography, sport studies and related disciplines to articulate a...

Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies

Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies

1st Edition

Jacqueline Kennelly
May 24, 2017

Olympic Games are sold to host city populations on the basis of legacy commitments that incorporate aid for the young and the poor. Yet little is known about the realities of marginalized young people living in host cities. Do they benefit from social housing and employment opportunities? Or do...

Soccer, Culture and Society in Spain: An Ethnography of Basque Fandom

Soccer, Culture and Society in Spain: An Ethnography of Basque Fandom

1st Edition

Mariann Vaczi
November 15, 2016

Spanish soccer is on top of the world, at international and club level, with the best teams and a seemingly endless supply of exciting and stylish players. While the Spanish economy struggles, its soccer flourishes, deeply embedded throughout Spanish social and cultural life. But the relationship...

Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games

Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games

1st Edition

Jules Boykoff
June 23, 2014

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...

The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports

The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports

1st Edition

Belinda Wheaton
July 23, 2013

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...

The Gay Games: A History

The Gay Games: A History

1st Edition

Caroline Symons
May 01, 2012

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...

Global and Local Football: Politics and Europeanization on the fringes of the EU

Global and Local Football: Politics and Europeanization on the fringes of the EU

1st Edition

Gary Armstrong, Jon P. Mitchell
September 03, 2009

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...

Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport

Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport

1st Edition

Ben Carrington, Ian McDonald
December 05, 2008

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...

The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement: Through an Anthropological Lens

The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement: Through an Anthropological Lens

1st Edition

David Howe
February 07, 2008

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...

British Asians and Football: Culture, Identity, Exclusion

British Asians and Football: Culture, Identity, Exclusion

1st Edition

Daniel Burdsey
January 31, 2008

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...

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