Call for Papers: South African Review of Sociology, Special Edition 2015 – “Sociology of Sport”

Albie Morkel of South Africa loses his helmet after being struck by a bouncer from Irfan Pathan of India during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Championship Super Eights match between South Africa and India at Kingsmead on September 20, 2007 in Durban, South Africa.
Albie Morkel of South Africa loses his helmet after being struck by a bouncer from Irfan Pathan of India during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Championship Super Eights match between South Africa and India at Kingsmead on September 20, 2007 in Durban, South Africa.

Sport in South Africa is important and is taken seriously. Large sections of the population participate in, watch and consume a range of different sports. South Africa regularly produces world class athletes and teams who dominate in a number of sports on the global stage. The country has successfully hosted various sports mega-events such as the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup. Sport in South Africa is a billion rand industry with significant private and public investment. Sport in South Africa is arguably one of the few unifiers in a country with a long history of segregation, discrimination and social divisions. Despite the unifying role sport plays in the country, it remains beset with divisions along the lines of race, class and gender amongst others.

We invite papers that address sport within South Africa. Colleagues may want to consider the the following themes when submitting their abstracts and papers:

  1. Controversies, debates and discourses in the sociology of sport
  2. Sport and gender
  3. Race, identity and sport
  4. Consumption, leisure and sport
  5. Sport for development
  6. The state, political economy and sport
  7. Sport, education and coaching
  8. Sporting cultures and fandom
  9. Sport and social history
  10. Sport, philosophy and ethics

Guest editors:

  • Dr Chris Bolsmann (School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Cora Burnett (Department of Sport and Movement Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

Deadlines:

  • Abstracts: 31 October 2013
  • Papers: 31 May 2014

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Authors are invited to submit a 400-500 word abstract for consideration for the special issue. Selected authors will then be asked to produce a full paper based on their abstract for potential publication subject to a review process.
  2. Submissions should be sent to: sociologyofsport@gmail.com
  3. Articles should be 5000-8000 words in length.
  4. All submissions will be anonymously/blind reviewed by two independent assessors.
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