Opening the discussion

Authored by: Robert J. Schinke , Kerry R. McGannon , Brett Smith

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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This book has been conceived as an unconventional source book with sections that balance what we believe to be emerging and established thematic areas. Our attempt at thematic inclusiveness is imperfect. However, adding onto the topic of academic connoisseurship, we do not propose to hold the monopoly on the landscape nor how it should be conceptualized. What the co-editors do propose is that this handbook is an invitation to inclusiveness of perspectives and topics where we dare the reader to look over the proposed thematic areas, and then to look beyond these to fertile grounds that have yet to be tilled. There is still much less known than unknown in this field – hence the situating of emerging topics at the front of the edition. We dare the reader, though also ourselves, to become the next wave of pioneers in a field that has a rich past and an equally bright future, so long as we look within and outside of conventions to find new ways to understand the field of sport psychology.

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