Sociology of sport: Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia

Chris Hallinan, Steven Jackson

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This chapter adopts a reflective approach exploring and setting out the contrasting factors that led to the establishment of the subdiscipline in both countries. The factors included the role of key individuals and their respective academic backgrounds and specialisations within each country's higher education system. Furthermore, attention is given to the particular circumstances in a case analysis comparison of the oldest programs in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia. This sheds light upon the factors linked to the disproportionate success profile for the sociology of sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand. An analysis of scholars and programs within each country reveals important differences aligned with the politics of funding and the variety and extent of systematic structures. Additionally, scholars' specialisations and preferences reveal a broad offering but are primarily linked to globalisation, gender relations, indigeneity and race relations, social policy, and media studies. This work has been undertaken variously via the critical tradition including Birmingham School cultural studies, ethnographic and qualitative approaches and, more recently by some, a postmodern poststructuralist trend. Lastly, along with a brief discussion of current issues, future challenges are set out.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociology of Sport:
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Subdiscipline in Review
EditorsKevin Young
Place of PublicationBingley UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781786350503
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Sport
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN (Print)1476-2854


  • Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Programs
  • Scholars
  • Sociology of sport

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Hallinan, C., & Jackson, S. (2017). Sociology of sport: Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia. In K. Young (Ed.), Sociology of Sport: A Global Subdiscipline in Review (1st ed., Vol. 9, pp. 95-110). (Research in the Sociology of Sport; Vol. 9). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.