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Introduction
ByJAYNE CAUDWELL
Pages 10

Sport, Sexualities and Queer/Theory is the first anthology in the field of sports studies to investigate sexuality and its relation to ‘queer’ and ‘queer theory’. It is the result of much deliberation. In November 2004 several of the contributors, and the series editors, gathered to discuss the content of individual chapters and the overall intent of the collection. During the meeting it soon became evident that contributors understood queer and queer theory differently. This is hardly surprising given that queer eludes easy definition and the idea of queer theory continues to be contested. Despite disagreements, it was felt that queer and queer theory offer valuable ways to analyse and critically discuss sport. The lack of consensus over how queer and queer theory can[not] provide rigorous explanation developed as an issue in naming the book. Initially, it was agreed that it should be entitled Sport, Sexuality and Queer Theory. However, after some thought the tensions have been articulated by the denotation Queer/Theory. The aim is to denote how queer and queer theory are separate and merge, and how contributors deploy and apply the terms in different ways. As the first sociology of sport text to bring together such work, the book captures tensions and processes within scholarship and between scholars in relation to sexuality, queer, theory and sport. In this collection, the debates over queer and queer theory, and their relevance to sport, provoke dismissal, contestation and resolution. Such debates are commonplace in the humanities and social sciences (cf. Beemyn and Eliason, 1996; Blasius, 2001; Corber and Valocchi 2003; Hall, 2003; Jagose, 1996; Morland and Willox, 2005; Seidman, 1996; Sullivan, 2003; Turner, 2000) but have been slow to appear in the study of sport. That said, important contributions appear in key sociology of sport journals (cf. Broad, 2001; Caudwell, 2003; Davidson and Shogan, 1998; Lock, 2003; McDonald, 2001; Sykes, 1998). This edited book, then, might be viewed as overdue; it is a timely contribution to the critical study of sport, sexuality and the body.