Sport and Social Capital

1st Edition

Editors: Matthew Nicholson Russell Hoye
Paperback ISBN: 9780750685863
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th March 2008
Page Count: 384


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Despite the importance of sport as a social, economic and political institution, research into sport and social capital has not been extensive. Sport and Social Capital is the first book to examine this increasingly high profile area in detail. It explores the ways in which sport contributes to the creation, development, maintenance and, in some cases, diminution of social capital.

Written by an internationally renowned author team who are leading figures in this area of study, this engaging and far-reaching text brings leading research from around the world into one comprehensively edited volume. Themes covered in the book include: education, gender, policy, community, youth sport, diversity and many more. It is essential reading for sport management, sport development and sport sociology students around the globe and offers fascinating and invaluable insight to interested stakeholders from industry, community and government.

Key Features

  • A progressive text written by the top authors in the field and comprehensively edited into a unified volume
  • An analysis of the importance of sport and its relationship to social capital within local, national and international communities
  • Comprehensive coverage of themes such as, education, policy, community, youth sport, diversity and many more
  • Contributions from the UK, Australia, Canada, USA and Norway


Primary: Level 3 undergraduates and postgraduates on sports studies, sport management, sport development and sport sociology courses.

Secondary: researchers, academics

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Sport and social capital: An introduction by Matthew Nicholson and Russell Hoye; Part I: Concepts and contexts; Chapter 2: Avoiding the numbers game: Social theory, policy and sports role in the art of relationship building by Tim Crabbe; Chapter 3: Sport-in-development: Development for and through sport? by Fred Coalter; Chapter 4: Locating social capital in sport policy by Russell Hoye and Matthew Nicholson; Chapter 5: Narrowing the gap through sport, education and social capital? by Grant Jarvie; Part II: Clubs and community sport organisations; Chapter 6: Community sport networks by Alison Doherty and Katie Misener; Chapter 7: Voluntary sport clubs: The potential for the development of social capital by Chris Auld; Chapter 8: Community sport/recreation members and social capital measures in Sweden and Australia by Kevin Brown; Chapter 9: Volunteering in community sport organisations: Implications for social capital by Graham Cuskelly; Part III: Sport and social capital in action; Chapter 10: Sport’s ambiguous relationship with social capital: The contribution of national governing bodies of sport by Jonathan Long; Chapter 11: Public policies, social capital and voluntary sport by Ørnulf Seippel; Chapter 12: Race equality and sport networks: Social capital links by Kevin Hylton; Chapter 13: Stepping into community? The impact of youth sport volunteering on young people's social capital by Steven Bradbury and Tess Kay; Chapter 14: Soccer and social capital in Australia: Social networks in transition by Daniel Lock, Tracy Taylor and Simon Darcy; Chapter 15: Sport facilities as social capital by Mark S. Rosentraub and Akram Ijla


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About the Editor

Matthew Nicholson

Dr Matthew Nicholson is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Management in the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His research and teaching interests focus on the contribution of sport to social capital, sport policy development and practice, the relationship between sport and the media, and the management of sport organisations. His most recent books include Sport and the Media: Managing the Nexus (2007) and Sport Management: Principles and Applications (2006) with Elsevier and Australian Sport: Better by Design? The Evolution of Australian Sport Policy (2004) with Routledge.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor in Sport Management, School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Ballarat, Australia

Russell Hoye

Dr. Russell Hoye, Associate Professor in Sport Management, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Latrobe University, Victoria, Australia. Russell worked at Victoria University of Technology as a lecturer in recreation and sports management for six years from 1993 before assuming a position as a Project Manager with the Victorian State Government Department of Sport and Recreation. Since 1998, Russell has also managed his own consulting practice in recreation and community development, focussing on community based organisational development. In 2002/03 Russell worked as a Lecturer in Sports Management at Griffith University, before commencing at La Trobe University in 2004. Russell's main teaching areas comprise – sport management, and organisational behaviour. Russell serves as the Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Tourism and Hospitality and is a member of the Faculty of Law and Management Research and Graduate Studies Committee. He is a former board member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) and the Guest Editor for a special issue of Sport Management Review on professional sport in Australia and New Zealand due for publication in 2005.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, School of Tourism and Hospitality, La Trobe University, Australia


"The chapters in this collection provide a sound contribution to
the burgeoning literature that surrounds sport and social capital. The many case studies
provide ample sources of evidence for further discussion and analysis of the role sport has or
can have in forming social capital in all its guises."

Andrew Adams, International Journal of Sport Policy