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The Palgrave Handbook of Sport, Politics and Harm

Palgrave Macmillan
  • First interdisciplinary exploration of sporting injury and harm Draws out intersecting issues to do with sporting harm and gender, race, policy, democracy and capitalism Has most relevance in the US, but contains a global spread of chapter authors and highlights a range of international cases

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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxi
  2. The NFL: Politics, Injury, and American National Identity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 113-113
    2. Race and Injury in American Football

      • Peter Benson, José Figueroa-López, Richard Kuehn, Andrew Whitaker, Adam Rugg
      Pages 173-184
  3. Sporting Females, Sexuality, and the Politics of Injury

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 185-185
    2. Gendered Bodies, Gendered Injuries

      • Kath Woodward
      Pages 207-222
  4. Sport as Transport: Horse, Cycle, and Motor Racing and the Politics of Safety

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 265-265

About this book

This book looks historically at the harm that has been inflicted in the practice of sport and at some of the issues, debates and controversies that have arisen as a result. Written by experts in history, sociology, sport journalism and public health, the book considers sport and injury in relation to matters of social class; gender; ethnicity and race; sexuality; political ideology and national identity; health and wellbeing; childhood; animal rights; and popular culture. These matters are, in turn, variously related to a range of sports, including ancient, pre- and early industrial sports; American football; boxing; wrestling and other combat sports; mountaineering; horseracing; cycling; motor racing; rugby football; cricket; association football; baseball; basketball; Crossfit; ice hockey; Olympic sports; Mixed Martial Arts; and sport in an imagined dystopian future.

Keywords

  • History of Sport
  • Sport and capitalism
  • Sport and culture
  • Gender and sport
  • Violent sports

Reviews

​“This book offers an impressive and thoughtful collection of essays written by top scholars each interrogating the different ways in which diverse sporting cultures produce athlete pain, injury, and bodily damage. As such, this collection is essential reading for those interested in understanding how sport is not simply about the celebration of achievement and victory, but also about the social, material, and political agony of suffering and trauma.” (Mary G. McDonald, Professor and Homer C. Rice Chair of Sport and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

“As an increasing number of sports are subjected to medical and legal scrutiny for their short- and long-term outcomes, this timely volume rams home the point that sports might not be so good for players afterall. Offering an impressive spread of pain-injury snapshots across the social sciences, public health and social policy disciplines, it proves what we have long suspected – pain and injury in sport do not only result from the nature of the game, but from the ways that sports are organized, managed and policed. In questioning the institutional innocence of sport, the volume crosses the explanatory bridge from sport studies to victimology and underlines the complexity of the central concept of consent in sports harm.” (Kevin Young, Professor of Sociology, University of Calgary, Canada)

“This is an essential guide to some of the most important questions facing sport today. It brings together a wide range of experts who interrogate harm, injury and physical abuse in sport from a variety of insightful perspectives. This is a groundbreaking and timely book that should be on the shelves of every sports historian, sociologist and policy-maker.” (Tony Collins, Emeritus Professor of History, De Montfort University, UK)

Editors and Affiliations

  • International Centre for Sport History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

    Stephen Wagg

  • Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

    Allyson M. Pollock

About the editors

Stephen Wagg retired as Professor of Sport and Society at Leeds Beckett University in the UK in 2019. He is currently an Honorary Fellow in the International Centre for Sport History and Culture at de Montfort University, Leicester, and Visiting Professor at Newcastle University, both in the UK.

Allyson M. Pollock is Clinical Professor of Public Health in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University in the UK and Co-Director Newcastle University Centre of Excellence in Regulatory Science.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 169.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-72826-7
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)