Sport, Politics and Policy

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC27 Sociology of Sport (host committee)

Language: English

Sport is integrated across all sectors of society (public, private and voluntary) and it is often characterised by a messy co-mingling of the three.  Changes in policy (or the introduction of new policies) invariably entail an attempt to change the structure or balance of real power within/between organisations.  Analysing the politics around these processes is worthy of attention because they not only reflect citizen demands - they shape expectations as well, giving issues like ‘obesity’, or ‘medal counts’ legitimacy in the public domain.  This session welcomes papers having a focus on politics and policy as they relate to matters of the state (both local and federal), supra-national institutions and sport governing bodies. 

We encourage all participants to take up RC27 membership to benefit from priority in abstract selection, as well as networking opportunities through the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) eBulletin and annual conferences.

Session Organizer:
Michael SAM, University of Otago, New Zealand
Oral Presentations
The Team with No Left Wingers. on the Roots of Right Wing Political Orientation Among Polish Fandom.
Wojciech WOZNIAK, University of Lodz, Faculty of Economics and Sociology, Poland; Radoslaw KOSSAKOWSKI, University of Gdansk, Poland; Przemyslaw NOSAL, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
Sport Policy, Athletes' Rights and Citizenship
Margaret MACNEILL, University of Toronto, Canada; Bruce KIDD, University of Toronto, Canada; Rosie MACLENNAN, University of Toronto, Canada
European Nations and the Olympic Games: Solidarity or Antagonism? from Athens 1896 to Barcelona 1992
Matteo ANASTASI, LUMSA University (Rome), Italy; Roberto LUPPI, LUMSA University (Rome), Italy
Distributed Papers
The Political Economy of Football: A Cross-National Data Analysis of FIFA Men’s Scores, 1999–2014
Ka U NG, National Taiwan University, Taiwan; Kin Man WAN, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Thung-Hong LIN, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
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