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New book series to tackle equality and social justice in sport


A new book series, exploring equality and social justice in sport and leisure, has been established by academics at Leeds Beckett University and is now seeking authors.

Professor Kevin Hylton

The series, Critical Perspectives on Equality and Social Justice in Sport and Leisure, is edited by Professor Kevin Hylton and Professor Jonathan Long and published by Routledge. The first book in the series, Sport, Leisure and Social Justice, edited by Professor Long, Dr Thomas Fletcher and Dr Rebecca Watson, all based within the Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Leeds Beckett, will be published in May 2017 and launched at the Leisure Studies Conference in July 2017. 

The aim of the new book series is to present studies that are not afraid to be critical in exploring and explaining issues of social justice and equality in sport and leisure.  By addressing current debates and encouraging the examination of key concepts such as inclusion and exclusion, (anti)oppression, neo-liberalism, resistance, merit(ocracy), and sport for all, it speaks to the needs of scholars, students and policy makers. 

Professor Hylton (pictured above) explained: “As editors we aim to bring together important, innovative and interrogative explorations of themes central to critical understandings of sport and leisure studies.  We want the series to be inclusive and transdisciplinary, and to provide a showcase for high quality work from leading and emerging scholars working across the full range of sport and leisure studies, sport development, sport coaching, PE, events, physical activity, the outdoors and health studies, as well as areas of sport science that consider the same concerns.” 

Contributors to the series will be invited to develop theory and methodology, address intersectionalities of ‘race’, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality and disability, challenge policy and politics of communities, migration, media and new technologies and assess ethics and morals. 

Professor Long added: “The proposal for the series attracted complimentary, supportive feedback from reviewers, even suggesting the appeal of the proposed series was more far-reaching than we originally stated.  We were delighted that they thought our aspiration for transdisciplinarity would make the series truly groundbreaking.” 

Chapters within the first book, Sport, Leisure and Social Justice will cover topics including: the politics of leisure; Muslim women’s experiences of sport and physical activity in the UK; Black women and Black voices; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people’s experiences of PE; disabled people in sport and leisure; and ethical reflections on mapping Whiteness, racism and the far-right. 

A second book, ‘Race’, Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Health: Global Perspectives, edited by Professor Symeon Dagkas (Canterbury Christ Church University), Professor Laura Azzarito (Columbia University) and Professor Hylton, is due for publication later this year. Other contributions are already planned, with subjects including: ’social equality and sport’, ‘youth sport, migration and culture’ and ‘Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) coaches in a White world’.  

For further information, please click here or contact the editors directly: K.Hylton@leedsbeckett.ac.uk; J.A.Long@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

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