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Title: A critical analysis of sociology of sport : reflections on a research career
Author: Horne, J. D.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2002
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This is a thesis by research publications about the sociology study of sport. During the twentieth century sport has become an increasingly significant social practice for many people, yet the sociology of sport remains a relatively marginal sub-discipline. Following a brief biographical journey through the candidate's career as a sociological researcher and writer, an outline of the sociology of sport is presented that attempts to explain this marginality. It is argued that sport provides a useful focal point for sociological research for substantive, theoretical and methodological reasons. The rest of the critical overview discusses the theoretical background to the submitted research papers in the light of these reflections on a research career. The thesis seeks to establish that sport is best understood as a product of contested cultural values and meanings in particular social formations. The sociological study of sport provides the opportunity to develop a critical methodological orientation to social scientific enquiry consistent with developments in epistemological and ontological frameworks that have taken place during the career of the author.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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