This vital new handbook marks the development of Sports Studies as a major new discipline within the social sciences. Edited by the leading sociologist of sport, Eric Dunning, and author of the best selling textbook on sport in the USA, Jay Coakley, it both reflects and richly endorses this new found status. Key aspects of the Handbook include: · An inventory of the principal achievements in the field· A guide to the chief conflicts and difficulties in the theory and research process· A rallying point for researchers who are established or new to the field, which sets the agenda for future developments.· A resource book for teachers who wish to establish new curricula and develop courses and programmes in the area of sports studies. With an international and inter-disciplinary cast of contributors the Handbook of Sports Studies is comprehensive in scope, relevant in content and far-reaching in its discussion of future prospect. It essential reading for anyone studying and teaching the Sociology of Sport.