This text, intended for undergraduates on various education and sport related degree courses, covers the key, current issues in the field of sociology of sport and physical education. The first section of the text covers the importance of sport in culture, its theoretical background, and methodological issues in research. The main body of the text then discusses issues including the sporting body, participation and socialisation into sport, the hidden curriculum, critical pedagogy, and sport and the media. Laker discusses in depth gender, race and ethnicity, class, and equality, and he looks at sport and the media, and the involvement of politics. The chapters are each rounded off with challenging 'reflection' questions, activities and tasks for the reader to fulfill.

chapter 1|14 pages

Culture, education and sport

ByAnthony Laker

chapter 2|21 pages

Theoretical background

ByJohn Evans, Brian Davies

chapter 3|22 pages

Methodological issues in research

ByMatthew Curtner-Smith

chapter 4|21 pages

Femininity, masculinity and difference: what's wrong with a sarong?

ByBarbara Humberstone

chapter 6|18 pages

Race, ethnicity and sport

ByBob Chappell

chapter 8|19 pages

Socialisation and participation in sport

BySandra A. Stroot

chapter 9|19 pages

The hidden curriculum and the changing nature of teachers' work

ByGareth Nutt, Gill Clarke

chapter 10|23 pages

Critical pedagogy: what might it look like and why does it matter?

ByDoune Macdonald

chapter 11|21 pages

Political involvement in sport, physical education and recreation

ByBarrie Houlihan

chapter 12|23 pages

Global sport and global mass media

ByGeorge Sage