Sport and the Environment: Politics and Preferred Futures Vol: 13

Brian Wilson
University of British Columbia, Canada

Brad Millington
University of Bath, UK

Product Details
30 Jul 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
240 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Sport
Sport and the environment are inextricably linked. Sport is dependent on its environmental contexts and is potentially environmentally impactful in its own right. Sport facilities – like ski hills, golf courses, and stadiums – can upset ecosystems and displace local residents. Teams and fans commonly travel in cars and planes that emit CO2. Rising temperatures might make participation in some sports impossible. Other examples abound. Yet while sport can be environmentally damaging, there is also hope that it can be a force for positive environmental change – for example, in modelling pro-environment forms of sport, and in decision-making by sport’s many stakeholders. 

In a context where pressing concerns about the climate crisis have inspired calls for changes in how people relate to the environment, questions remain about the environmental sustainability of sport. Such questions are at the core of Sport and the Environment: Politics and Preferred Futures, which brings together a diverse collection of contributors to explore a range of topics, such as how sport is implicated in environmentally damaging activities, how decisions about responding to environmental issues are made, who benefits most and least from these decisions, and, ultimately, what a truly environmentally-friendly sport could look like.
Chapter 1: Introducing a Sociological Approach to Sport, Environmental Politics, and Preferred Futures; Brian Wilson, and Brad Millington;
Chapter 2. Sport, International Development And Sustainable Futures: History, Policy, And Potential; Rob Millington, Simon Darnell, and Tavis Smith
Chapter 3. Extractive Industries; Sport For Development: How Is Right To Play Promoting Environmental Sustainability In Indigenous Communities In Canada?; Nicolien van Luijk, Audrey Giles, and Lyndsay Hayhurst
Chapter 4. Witness, Adventure And Competing Discourses Of The North; Bruce Erickson
Chapter 5. Restor(y)ing Place: Indigenous Land-Based Physical Cultural Practices As Restorative Process In Fisher River Cree Nation (Ochekwi Sipi); Moss Norman, Michael Hart, and Gerald Mason;
Chapter 6. Animals, Sport, And The Environment; Kass Gibson;
Chapter 7. Political Ecologies And Environmental Considerations In Stadium Development; Kyle S. Bunds, Chris Mcleod, and Joshua I. Newman;
Chapter 8. Mobility Of Sustainability Policy: Sledding Tracks In The Nagano And Pyeongchang Olympics; Kyoung-yim Kim
Chapter 9. Surfing And Environmental Sustainability; Belinda Wheaton
Chapter 10. Reflections On An Attempt To Do Environmental Sports Journalism: The Behind-The-Scenes Story Of The Documentary Mount Gariwang: An Olympic Casualty; Liv Yoon and Brian Wilson;
Chapter 11. Making Our Footprint: Constraints In The Legitimization Of Sport Ecology In Practice And The Academy; Brian P. McCullough and Timothy Kellison
Brian Wilson is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Director of the Centre for Sport and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is co-author of The Greening of Golf (2016), author of Sport and Peace (2012), and co-editor of Sport and Physical Culture in Canadian Society (2020).  

Brad Millington is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management at Brock University, Canada. His research examines sport, health, and physical activity, with a particular focus on sport's relationship with the environment and on health and fitness technologies. He is co-author of The Greening of Golf (2016) and author of Fitness, Technology & Society (2018).

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