Social Sciences and Sport
A critical understanding of the role of sport in society
- What is the role of sport as a global phenomenon?
- How does sport interact with other sectors of society such as business, health, welfare and education?
- How significant is sport for the development and maintenance of personal, community and national identity?
- What is the significance of sport and the institutions through which it is organised for the generation of social capital?
Sport must be understood within the wider political-economic and socio-cultural structures and processes. Researchers in the School draw upon a range of social science disciplines to gain an understanding of how these structures and processes operate in local, national and global contexts. The aim of research in this theme is to contribute to a critical awareness of the significance of sport in people’s daily lives and as an industry and object of public policy.
Key research areas include: the production and consumption of sport; social inclusion/exclusion; multiculturalism; inter-cultural dialogue; the role that social capital plays in understanding sport subcultures; body and identity; education and schooling; health inequalities; transnational mega events; the Olympic and Paralympic Games; cross-cultural analyses; sport policy, governance, management and funding; national identity, migration and media.