The sociology of sport has grown impressively since its inception in the 1950s and has become robust and diverse, although uneven. In addition to countries such as the US, Canada and the UK where it is difficult to imagine a scholarly scene without a sociology of sport presence, many countries now boast strong scholars in the field and fascinating research is being done.
For instance, Latin American sociology of sport is expanding quickly, and South Korea and Japan have had organized and vibrant sociology of sport communities for some time. Individual or small groups of scholars interested in sociology of sport have bubbled up in other parts of the globe such as the Middle East, the Caribbean and India.Edited by Kevin Young (University of Calgary), this ninth volume in the Research in the Sociology of Sport book series coincides with the 50th anniversary of the global body in the sociology of sport area, the International Sociology of Sport Association, and its flagship journal, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
At a time when an often marginalized subfield reaches a half century anniversary, it seems both fitting and useful to take stock of ‘what’s out there’ in as inclusive and global a fashion as possible. Twenty three chapters written by recognized scholars summarize the subdisciplinary ‘state of play’ across the globe in the most substantial and inclusive set of subfield summaries ever collated in one source.