London, UK: Routledge.
This book offers an exploration of the intensities and expressiveness of sport in the contemporary world by theorising how sport is not only affected by social, cultural, economic and political forces but is also constitutive of social relations and of processes of social and cultural transformation as well as the reinstatement of social divisions and inequalities. Sport is distinctive and generative of new ways of addressing social issues and political debates as well as being affected by the globalized economy and social processes. Planet Sport engages with the routine of sporting practices as well as spectacular mega events and the tensions between configurations of spectatorship and participation by looking at the passion and commitment which sport can engender and its accompanying debates about authenticity.
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