Social Class and Sport

Authored by: Ian Ritchie

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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This chapter builds three themes. First, class is arguably the most important determinant of participation in sport. As Donnelly (2011: 185) states, ‘Social class, both on its own and in combination with gender, race/ethnicity, and other social characteristics, is the most important determinant of participation in sport and physical activity’. While Donnelly’s comment is with respect to Canada, the same can be said for countries around the world. Class, in short, is a crucial determining factor in terms of participation in and the experience of sport.

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