"A comprehensive, useful and informative practical book that draws from a range of disciplines. In particular, the learning activities provides some useful group and reflective discussions."
- Heather Allison, London Metropolitan University
"This book supports our year undergraduate students. The case studies and links with UK programmes provides relevant information to discuss and investigate. Easily accessible."
- Emerick Kaitell, Roehampton University
This is an accessible and comprehensive introductory textbook for students on sport studies courses. It brings together perspectives drawn from a range of disciplines, especially sociology, history and philosophy, with detailed information on the key political, legal, economic and vocational issues relating to sport.
Written specifically for students based in the UK, the text examines the full range of topics relevant to sport studies and is fully supported with learning activities, suggestions for further study, and guidance on how to progress and succeed in the subject.
Dr Barbara Bell is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has substantial professional experience in the management of community sport and recreation. Her research interests include youth sport policy, the evaluation of sport programmes and the social impacts of sport. Dr Bell also has extensive experience of teaching and examining sport courses in higher education. She is a member of the Institute of Sport, Parks and Leisure.
Introduction: on the blocks and ready to go? Part 1: Core theories and essential perspectives on the study of sport An historical perspective of sport Sociological perspectives of sport Philosophy and ethics in sport Part 2: Contemporary sport: the significance of sport in the UK and key players in the sector Who runs sport? The political and legal framework for sport in the UK 'Show me the money': sport and business in the UK Part 3: Skills, knowledge and careers in sport studies Personal development: essential skills in studying sport Balancing work and play: enhancing personal skills through sport studies Where to now? After graduation in Sport Studies Index