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Engaging and accessible, Sport and Peace: A Sociological Perspective takes a fresh, innovative look at the nuanced and controversial relationship between sport and peace. Although sport is heralded as a powerful tool for social good, drawing attention to causes such as conflict resolution, HIV prevention, environmental initiatives, and improved international relationships, it also continues to reflect and reproduce social inequalities in ways commonly overlooked by those invested in the sport-for-peace movement. Divided into five parts, the text examines current literature in the fields of sport and peace through the lens of critical social theory while introducing students to all sides of this complex debate and proposing practical solutions for the future.
Brian Wilson is a sociologist and professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. In addition to authoring Sport and Peace: A Sociological Perspective, he is author of Fight, Flight or Chill: Subcultures, Youth and Rave into the Twenty-First Century (McGill-Queen's: 2006) as well as various articles and chapters related to sport, social inequality, environmental issues, mass media, social movements, and youth culture. His most recent work focuses on the ways that the sport of running is used for peace-promotion in Kenya, and on the environmentalist practices of the golf industry.
"Very easy to read and accessible. The voice is outstanding."
--Robert Pitter, Acadia University
"This is an innovative book that breaks fresh, new ground."
--Stephen F. Dumas, University of Calgary