David Rowe

Australia needs to make sport a more equal playing field: here’s why

For an ostensibly fun-based activity, sport in Australia generates a good deal of anxiety. Questions like the following are often raised: Do enough people participate in it? Are they representative of the whole…

Look What it Means to Him Interviews: Professor David Rowe

This blogpost consists of an interview with me by Look What it Means to Him, by way of elaborating on various themes contained in my 20+ regular posts that I have so far published at forumbloggen. The…

Keeping Score: The Sociology of Sport and Media

For many years, sociologists mostly shied away from analysing sport in much the same way as they avoided any deep engagement with other forms of popular culture such as television. Everyday pleasures, it…

Muhammad Ali rewrote the rule book for athletes as celebrities and activists

The descriptor “icon” is vastly overused in these celebrity-fixated times, but it could have been invented for Muhammad Ali, who has died aged 74. Thirty-five years after he threw his last punch in…

Sports, Sexism and the Law: Some Contextual History

There is abundant evidence that sexism is common, if not endemic, within sport. It can be found to different degrees in the sex- and gender-based stratification of organisational power, remuneration and media representation….

Why Sport Needs Sociology and Why Sociology Needs Sport

Sport Needs Sociology Organised sport has the power of its global popularity, political resonance and economic weight. But sports organisations can lose social and ethical perspective because, in an intensely competitive and increasingly…

The game is changing, baby: Chris Gayle and sexism in cricket

If you were hoping to turn to the innocuous TV spectacle of cricket’s Big Bash League for some light relief from the politics of gender, Melbourne Renegades player Chris Gayle just spoiled the…

The player played: Frank Lowy and Australia’s failed World Cup bid

When Swiss police, acting on FBI intelligence, swooped in May and arrested several officials from FIFA, world football’s governing body, the game seemed up at last. Years of FIFA scandal and whitewash suddenly…

Loyalty in sport: who to support if your team is not in the weekend’s footy finals

Commentators are prone to describe every weekend as a huge one for sport, but this weekend qualifies as large, even by the inflated standards of the sports hyperbole peddlers. On Saturday afternoon the West…

Playing the woman: Healy and Kyrgios expose sport’s sexism problem

This ought to have been a good time for women in Australian sport. The women’s cricket team is on the cusp of regaining the Ashes in England after the men’s abject surrender of theirs. Australia won the…