Sport and Social Exclusion
in Global Society

Ramón Spaaij, Jonathan Magee and Ruth Jeanes

Routledge, London and New York, 2014
Paperback, ISBN 978 0415 814 911

Social exclusion is one of the most pressing challenges in post-industrial societies, encompassing economic, social, cultural and political dimensions. This important new book critically examines the relationship between sport and social exclusion from global and cross-cultural perspectives.

The book analyses sport and social exclusion by focusing on three key questions: How does social exclusion affect participation in sport? How is social exclusion (re)produced, experienced, resisted, and managed in sport? How is sport used to combat social exclusion and promote social inclusion in other life domains? To answer these questions, the authors discuss and critically reflect on existing knowledge and in-depth case studies from Europe, Australasia, Africa and Latin America.

The book illuminates the relationship between sport and social exclusion in Global North and Global South contexts, addressing key issues in contemporary social science such as social inequality, worklessness, gender, disability, forced migration, homelessness and mental health. Sport and Social Exclusion in Global Society is important reading for all students, researchers and policy-makers with an interest in sport sociology, sport development, sport management, or the relationship between sport and wider society.


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"This book is valuable for experienced researchers in this area, those who are just beginning to understand its complexities, and practitioners who can appreciate the growth in theory, using it to change policies affecting their everyday work. ... it brings social exclusion research from across the globe under one umbrella and gives tangible examples of how to build socially inclusive spaces."

– Sociology of Sport Journal

"[A]n important contribution, through articulating key points of differentiation between Global North and South definitions of the concept and how it is manifested in different societies and cultural contexts, and in helping to critique and develop the broader subject area to better serve academics and policy-makers."

– International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

"provides insight into a number of projects and raises several significant issues - a book for anyone interested in sport sociology and sport's relation to people, communities and society at large."

– Idrottsforum