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    The Opinion of the Residents of St. Petersburg About Sports Mega-Events

    This feature article by Mikhail V. Sinyutin, Alexander V. Tavrovsky and Aleksandr S. Gonashvili, St. Petersburg University, presents the results of a sociological study of the attitude of St. Petersburg residents to sports mega-events. The key theoretical provisions of the article are substantiated by the sociological approach to the sport. Empirical data were obtained through a telephone survey.

    Russian Perceptions of Doping Issues: A sociological study

    Recently, criticism against Russian athletes regarding the practices of performance-enhancing drugs (PED) usage, i.e. doping, appeared in international sports institutions. This led a group of sport scholars led by Professor Mikhail Sinyutin to launch a study of the attitudes towards doping in sport among the citizens of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

    To the Question of Methodology in Sociology of Sports

    Russian sociology of sport has not really made itself known outside of Russia. idrottsforum.org wants to change that, and offers a review of Aleksandr Gonashvili’s Metodologicheskie osnovy sociologii sporta [Methodological Foundations of Sociology of Sport] by Snezhana Starovoitova. Both author and reviewer are master students i Saint Petersburg.

    Ethical standards of fair play – the basis of modern sport

    This paper by three Masters students at Saint Petersburg State University offers a discussion of the theoretical basis of the ethical foundations of sport, expressed in the principles of fair play, with emphasis on the articulation between cultural-moral personhood in sport and the increasingly anti-humanist features of contemporary, institutionalized professional sport (sub-)cultures.
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