Dark Sides of Sport

In the edited collection Dark Sides of Sport, leading international scholars explore multifaceted historical and contemporary challenges for sport. The book includes historical case studies, overviews on specific challenges and conceptual frameworks to explore various threats for sport. Whilst individually those aspects have been covered by previous research, Dark Sides of Sport provides an insightful overview on threats to sport that allows for the identification of similarities and differences. Therewith, the book attempts to contribute to a better understanding of present political and economic actions within the international sport system.

Case Studies in Sport Socialisation

The book takes an international perspective by exploring the topic of sport socialisation through different case studies. The main organising principle is to examine socialisation into, out of, and through sport. Three case studies of how ideology can socialise people into sport are presented: child athletes in China; Black African Americans in basketball and American football; and adventure racing and dragon boating in Capitalist corporate culture. In the second section, factors that prevent potential athletes from competing are studied in three cases: female Muslim athletes; women e-sports athletes; and intersex athletes. Socialisation through sport explores how athletes might be empowered or disempowered through sport participation. In this section, we look at athletes with disabilities; women who fight; and the debate on youth character development through sport participation. Much of what is studied in these pages requires transformation; some of it represents possible positive change taking place at the moment.

Critical Perspectives on Gender and Sport

Designed primarily for undergraduate courses in gender and sport, sport sociology, socio-cultural sport studies, social problems in sport, and gender studies, Critical Perspectives on Gender and Sport provides an entry into the qualitative and quantitative study of gender and sport in North America and internationally. The essays present critical research, key issues, and theoretical developments on gender and sport related to four main themes, including: (i) sport and gender identity, (ii) gender, media, and sport, (iii) masculinity and sport, and (iv) gender resistance, conflict, and transformation in sport.

Controversies in Law and Sport

Despite increased case law and legal scholarship on the topic of law and sport, the precise role of law in the regulation of sport remains unclear and controversial in many circumstances. Fogel identifies several significant legal controversies surrounding national and international sport including sex verification testing, financial fair play rules, violence on the sport field, athlete image rights, doping control, and the fantasy sport industry. Fogel examines how these controversies have arisen, details the complications presented by competing regulations within law and sport, and makes recommendations for effectively addressing the conflicts in ways that are lawful, ethical, and beneficial to athletes, sport managers, team owners, spectators, and others involved in the sport industry.

Sport, Peace and Development

This book is the first of its kind and within its covers are a collection of thirty six cutting-edge chapters by leading practitioners and academics who raise questions and provide answers regarding the broad relationship between sport, peace and development. In their writings they highlight the remarkable, but often unacknowledged, efforts which are being undertaken across the world to support people after natural disaster, wars, extreme poverty, and illness have ravaged their lives. Together, they clarify the meanings of sport and peace-making, sport and reconciliation and sport for development. The introduction of case studies from well-known organisations already working in the sport, peace and development realm is testimony that the book is not just of an academic nature but a text which provides ideas and innovations which can be used by future researchers and aspirants in the field.

The authors agree in concluding that there are aspects of the relationship between sport, peace and development which have largely gone unnoticed and tackle the difficult perspectives of stigma, marginalization, poverty, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, education, monitoring and evaluation, maintenance of quality and the influence and role of the ‘big players’ such as the International Olympic Committee and the united Nations in peace-making and development initiatives. In doing so they provide examples of good practice, strong programmes and make suggestions where the status quo needs to be addressed in order for the field to go forward.

This volume will be of great interest and value to academics working in the fields of sport, peace and development and international relations, as well as to undergraduate and graduate student in these disciplines. More importantly, it will also be a crucial aid and challenge to practitioners in international governmental organisations (such as the UN and its agencies) and NGOs who work in the field of sport, peace and development across the world.

Dope Hunters: The Influence of Scientists on the Global Fight against Doping in Sport, 1967-1992

Based on extensive multi-national and multi-lingual archival research, this book examines the evolution of scientific knowledge within the international anti-doping community that coalesced during the second half of the twentieth century. Two key figures from a group of leading scientific experts serve as the focal points of the investigation, British pharmacologist Arnold Beckett and German biochemist Manfred Donike. After supporting early anti-doping initiatives in the late 1960s and 1970s, they became highly influential in such leading sports organizations as the International Olympic Committee and the International Association of Athletics Federations. From the 1980s onward, the international sport system relied heavily on their network of anti-doping laboratory experts in maintaining and advancing a rigid testing regime. Hence, this book offers a nuanced analysis of the establishment of the structures and initiatives in the global fight against doping in sport.