Friday, November 22, 2013

CFP: World Congress of Sociology of Sport

Sociology of Sport and the Challenges of Social Change
July 9-13 - Peking University

Sport, an educational fixture and an entertainment enterprise, is a part of society. As a complex social phenomenon, it exists in every corner of society and influences peoples’ lives. Sport has the potential to be an effective channel for physical and socio-economic development. Moreover, as a universal language, sport can be a powerful medium for social change given that it: contributes to social cohesion, tolerance and integration, can be utilized to bridge cultural gaps, facilitate economic development, resolve conflict, enhance a healthy life style, promote social equity and justice, and educate people in ways that very few activities can. However, today’s world is changing rapidly and examples of social resistance are emerging in many places. The International Sociology of Sport Association invites papers that address the wide range of ways in which sport serves as both a vehicle for and barrier to social change. How is sport related to social change with respect to identity politics: gender, sexuality, race, disability and age? How has globalization had both a positive and negative impact on social change? Can sport play a role in Development and Peace, Sport for All and Human Rights movements? How can sport best be structured and promoted in order to advance positive social change?

Session Subthemes:
 Sport and National Identity
 Sport, Politics and Policy
 Sport, Business and Management
 Sport Mega-events
 Sport Governance
 Sport and Racial/ Ethnic Identity
 Sport and Ethics
 Globalization and Sport
 Sport, Health and the Life Course
 Sport, lifestyle and New Technologies
 The Future of the Sociology of Sport: Opportunities and Challenges
 Sport Media
 Sport and Gender
 Sport and Disability
 Sport and Social Class
 Sport and Human Rights
 Sport Spectatorship and Fandom
 Physical Education and School/University Sport
 Sport and Sexualities
 Other Related Issues with regards to the Sociology of Sport

Key Dates
 Abstract Submission Deadline: 10 December 2013
 Abstracts selection: 11 December 2013 – 15 January 2014
 Confirmation of Abstract Acceptance/Rejection:20 January 2014.
 End of Early Bird Registration: 31 March 2014
 Abstract Presenter Registration Deadline: 25 March 2014

For more details, please visit the 2014 ISSA World Congress website

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