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Title: The social construction of the sociology of sport: a professional project
Authors: Malcolm, Dominic
Keywords: History
Physical education
Sociology of sport
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © SAGE Publications Ltd
Citation: MALCOLM, D., 2014. The social construction of the sociology of sport: A professional project. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49 (1), pp. 3 - 21
Abstract: This paper presents a historical sociological analysis of the sociology of sport. It draws on theoretical insights from the sociology of professions to examine ‘state-of-the-field’ reviews written by sociologists of sport. The paper argues that in establishing why the sociology of sport emerged, how people identified its earliest manifestations, and how the subdiscipline’s boundaries were drawn, the political dynamics and consequences of the social construction of the field become apparent. This social construction is conceived of as a ‘professional project’ through which a knowledge domain, and this group’s authoritative status, was established. Sociologists of sport sought to validate their professional project through appeals to the sociological ‘mainstream’ and the correlative distancing from physical education. These reviews consistently obscure this professional project and portray a lineage that is logical, inevitable and consensual.
Description: This article was published in the journal, International Review for the Sociology of Sport [© SAGE Publications]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1012690212452362
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1012690212452362
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18867
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1012690212452362
ISSN: 1012-6902
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