Political Science, Sociology and the Study of Sport

Authored by: Barrie Houlihan

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829731
eBook ISBN: 9780203404065
Adobe ISBN: 9781134116621


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Whereas the study of sport has stimulated considerable academic interest among sociologists, historians and economists, interest in sport among political scientists has been far slower to develop and arguably remains significantly under-developed. Part of the explanation for this relative neglect lies with the structure of the political science academic community and the relatively narrow focus on government institutions, inter-government relations, and a limited range of policy areas, primarily those concerned with security and trade and those with large budgets such as health and education. However, where political scientists have developed an interest in sport it has often been in areas with significant resonance for sociology, such as identity and globalization, as well as in areas of overlapping theoretical interest, such as organizational stability and change, and the relationship between structure and agency.

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