Critical and radical perspectives have been central to the emergence of the sociology of sport as a discipline in its own right. This ground-breaking new book is the first to offer a comprehensive theory and method for a critical sociology of sport. It argues that class, political economy, hegemony and other concepts central to the radical tradition are essential for framing, understanding and changing social and political relations within sport and between sport and society. The book draws upon the disciplines of politics, sociology, history and philosophy to provide a critical analysis of power relations throughout the world of sport, while offering important new case studies from such diverse sporting contexts as the Olympics, world football, boxing, cricket, tennis and windsurfing. In the process, it addresses key topics such as: * nations and nationalism * globalisation * race * gender * political economy. Power Games can be used as a complete introduction to the study of sport and society. And will be essential reading for any serious student of sport. At the same time, it is a provocative book that by argument and example challenges those who research and write about sport to make their work relevant to social and political reform.... of this cash would flow, and therefore they should have more say in how the spectacle is produced and where the money goes. ... The G14 also object to the way UEFA taxes the rich to feed the poor, top-slicing Champions League revenue, ... in order to ensure that as many of the big clubs as possible qualify for the Champions League, UEFA relaxed the criteria for ... there can be no guarantee that the big clubs will always get through to the lucrative final stages of the competition.
|Author||:||John Sugden, Alan Tomlinson|
|Publisher||:||Routledge - 2013-10-11|