Globalizing Sport Studies

About the series

‘In my mind, this series is the most significant development in the sociology of sport in many years.’
Jay Coakley, University of Colorado

Sport is one of the few social activities that transcends cultures, geographies, and histories. It has been used to entrench hegemonic knowledge, values and practices in society, and also provides spaces to challenge and resist these. In both the Global South and North, sport is where local knowledges are lived through the body and when leisure, paid and unpaid work, aspirations and mobility, pleasure and pain come together.

This series aims to move away from descriptive analyses of sport and publish thought provoking, challenging and polemical works that seek to make social and scholarly transformations. The books in this series challenge the established knowledge, structures and practices of sport in order to transform sport, shift scholarship about sport, and improve society through sport. This series invites works that situate a broad range of sports, physical cultures, and embodied leisure practices in their broader social, political, geographic, historical, and cultural contexts.

These books are multi-disciplinary, rigorous and critical studies in the social sciences and humanities. They address the myriad of ways that sport reflects, refracts and can change society and scholarship whilst promoting new ways that sport can exist.

The editors welcome proposals from across the world, from emerging scholars to Emeriti reflections, polemics, and empirical studies that push the boundaries of knowledge related to sport. Contributors are encouraged to not only identify the issues affecting sport or wider society, but how a deeper understanding of sport can address these issues. Proposals for both monographs and edited collections are accepted.

Previous titles published in this series can be seen on the Bloomsbury GSS page.


Submitting a proposal
Contact Commissioning Editor, Shannon Kneis for further information. See our house style guidelines and proposal form for guidance on submitting a book proposal.


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Series editors

Janelle Joseph is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, and Founder and Director of the Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-racism in Sport (IDEAS) Research Lab. Personal page:
She is author of series title Sport in the Black Atlantic: Cricket, Canada and the Caribbean diaspora

Mark Doidge is Reader in Sociology of Sport in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.
He is author of series title Football Italia: Italian football in an age of globalization and Ultras: The passion and performance of contemporary football fandom

Meena Gopal is Associate Professor at the Centre for Women's Studies at Pondicherry University, India.
She is co-editor of Sports Studies in India: Expanding the Field (OUP, 2022)

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