A Companion to Sport
A Companion to Sport brings together writing by leading sports theorists and social and cultural thinkers, to explore sport as a central element of contemporary culture.
Positions sport as a crucial subject for critical analysis, as one of the most significant forms of popular culture
Includes both well-known social and cultural theorists whose work lends itself to an interrogation of sport, and leading theorists of sport itself
Offers a comprehensive examination of sport as a social and cultural practice and institution
Explores sport in relation to modernity, postcolonial theory, gender, violence, race, disability and politics
David L. Andrews is Professor of Physical Cultural Studies at the University of Maryland. He previously held an associate professorship in the Department of Human Movement Sciences and Education at the University of Memphis. He is the author of Sport-Commerce-Culture: Essays on Sport in Late Capitalist America (2006), and the co-editor of Sport, culture and advertising: Identities, commodities and the politics of representation (2004), Sport and Corporate Nationalisms (2004), and Qualitative methods in sport studies (2005).
Ben Carrington teaches sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and is a Carnegie Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University in England. His most recent book is Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora (2010).
A Companion to Sport
Notes on Contributors
Edwin Amenta is a professor of sociology, political science, and history at the University of California, Irvine. His most recent books are Professor Baseball: Searching for Redemption and the Perfect Lineup on the Softball Diamonds of New York (2007) and When Movements Matter: The Townsend Plan and the Rise of Social Security (2008), and he is coeditor (with Kate Nash and Alan Scott) of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology (2012).
Eric Anderson is a professor of sport, masculinities, and sexualities at the University of Winchester, UK. He is recognized as an academician of the British Academy of Social Sciences and a fellow of the International Association of Sex Researchers. His research on sport, masculinities, and sexualities shows an increasingly positive relationship between gay male athletes and sport as well as a growing movement of young heterosexual men's masculinity becoming softer and more inclusive. He also researches matters related to men's monogamy and the positive function of relationship cheating, men's improving recognition of bisexuality, and the increased acceptance of young heterosexual men kissing. He has written 12 books and is regularly featured across the media.
David L. Andrews is Professor of Physical Cul-tural Studies in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland at College Park, an affiliate faculty member of the departments of American Studies and Sociology, and a visiting professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bath. He is an assistant editor of the Journal of Sport & Social Issues , and an editorial board member of the Sociology of Sport Journal , the International Review for the Sociology of Sport , and Kinesiological Review . He is coeditor (with Michael L. Silk) of Sport and Neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture (2012).
Michael Atkinson is an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, where he teaches physical cultural studies and is director of the Sport Legacies Research Collaborative. His central areas of interest (both teaching and research) pertain to alternative physical cultures, biopedagogical practices in sport, and issues in bioethics within global and local sport cultures. He is author/editor of seven books, including Battleground Sport (2008), Deviance and Social Control in Sport (with Kevin Young, 2008), and Deconstructing Men and Masculinities (2010).
Michael Bérubé is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. In 2012 he served as the president of the Modern Language Association. His most recent book is The Left at War (2009), and he is currently working on a book about cognitive disability and narrative theory.
Amy L. Best is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. Her research focuses on the study of youth, culture, and social inequalities, with a particular interest in how gender, ethnicity, sexuality, race, and class differently shape the social experiences of contemporary American youth. She is interested in qualitative and feminist approaches to social research. She is author of Prom Night Youth, Schools and Popular Culture (2000), selected for the 2002 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award, and Fast Cars, Cool Rides: The Accelerating World of Youth and Their Cars (2006), and editor of Representing Youth: Methodological Issues in Critical Youth Studies (2007).
Douglas Booth is Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies and Dean of the School of Physical Education at the Univer