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The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Society, edited by Lawrence A, Wenner (Oxford UP), features leading international scholars’ assessments of scholarly inquiry about sport and society. Divided into six sections, chapters consider dominant issues within key areas, approaches featured in inquiry, and debates needing resolution. Our reviewer is Richards Giulianotti, who edited the Sage four volume set The Sociology of Sport in 2012, and he finds that this new collection, some unnecessary omissions notwithstanding, is a welcome addition to the existing list of handbooks in the field.
Insightful, in-depth overview of the effects of neoliberalism on the governance and management of sports
The edited volume Sport and Neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture (Temple University Press), compiled by David L. Andrews and Michail L. Silk, takes a critical stance on neoliberalism as a dominant organizing mechanism, in society and in sports. Our reviewer Russell Holden has but few reservations to this vital and useful analysis of modern sports.
Britt-Marie Ringfjord has read what she deems an important contribution to contemporary sports media studies, Sport, Public Broadcasting and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost?, edited by Jay Scherer and David Rowe.
In his knowledgeable review of A Companion to Sport, edited by David L. Andrews and Ben Carrington, Alan Bairner, Professor of Sport and Social Theory at Loughborough University, finds that the volume offers something for everybody, if not everything for all.