Researching Sport

Authored by: Michael Atkinson

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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For nearly twenty years I struggled to understand why hundreds of researchers refer to the social-scientific study of sport as the ‘sociology of sport’ while others refer to the sub-discipline as ‘sport sociology’. For whatever reason, European and Canadian researchers tend to utilize the former whereas Americans more liberally employ the latter. Over the course of time, I ascribed the subtle divergence in academic vernacular to something as banal as unexplainable cultural habit or preference. But the difference in language potentially suggests a much more subtle division of research agendas in the study of sport in society.

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