Journal of Sport and Social Issues

Journal of Sport and Social Issues

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CL Cole University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

eISSN: 15527638| ISSN: 01937235|Current volume: 39|Current issue: 5 Frequency: Bi-monthly
For you, the scholar of sport and culture, sports do matter. That's why the Journal of Sport & Social Issues is such an indispensable resource. JSSI brings you the latest research, discussion and analysis on contemporary sport issues. Using an international, interdisciplinary perspective, JSSI examines today's most pressing and far-reaching questions about sport.
Concise, Convenient Format

Every issue of Journal of Sport & Social Issues is divided into three convenient sections that bring you complete coverage of this dynamic field:

Focus: A symposium section containing sound research articles and stimulating commentary on a single theme. Upcoming FOCUS themes include World Cup Soccer, Gay Experience and Sport, Social Issues in Sport Management, Youth Sport, and Sport Subcultures.

Trends: Articles and briefs devoted to both breaking issues and existing lines of research of vital importance to sport. In this section, critical and empirical scholars can take risks and coexist in a rich theoretical marketplace.

View: Commentary essays aimed at provoking thought, stimulating debate, and developing theoretical positions on varied topics related to the social importance of sport. In-depth review essays on books, films, and other resources.


Journal of Sport & Social Issues is at the forefront of lively public discussion of contemporary topics in the sports world. In JSSI scholars study the impact of sport on social issues from many perspectives, including:
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Economics
  • Media Studies
  • Gender Studies 
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Ethnic Studies

Such rich diversity often provokes disagreement about theoretical assumptions and methodological approaches. Journal of Sport & Social Issues is the forum where these different viewpoints can clash and provoke ongoing debate and inquiry into critical issues in the sports world.

Journal of Sport & Social Issues is an indispensable resource that brings together the latest research, discussion, and analysis on contemporary sport issues such as race, media, gender, economics, drugs, recruiting, injuries, and youth sports. Using an international, interdisciplinary perspective, Journal of Sport & Social Issues examines today's most pressing and far-reaching questions about sport, including: World Cup soccer, gay experience and sport, social issues in sport management, youth sports, sports subcultures. Always provocative, Journal of Sports and Social Issues presents a lively public discussion of the impact of sport on social issues from many perspectives, including: sociology, economics, gender studies, political science, anthropology, history, media studies, psychology, cultural studies, and ethnic studies.

Assistant Editors
David L. Andrews University of Maryland, USA
Adrian Burgos, Jr. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Monica Casper Vanderbilt University
Douglas Hartmann University of Minnesota, USA
David Leonard Washington State University
Robert J. Schinke Laurentian University
Editorial Board
Michael Berube Pennsylvania State University, USA
Susan Birrell University of Iowa , Iowa City
Ben Carrington The University of Texas at Austin
Jay Coakley University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA
Daniel Cook Rutgers University, USA
Kevin Delaney Temple University
Norman K Denzin University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Lisa Diedrich Stony Brook University, NY
Margaret Duncan University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA
Ann Enke University of Wisconsin
Stephanie Foote University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Richard Giulianotti Loughborough University
Allen Guttman Amherst College, Massachusetts
Jennifer Hargreaves University of Massachusetts
Lisa Henderson University of Massachusetts
Victoria Hesford Stony Brook University, NY
Leslie Heywood Binghamton University, USA
Jeremy Howell University of San Francisco
Mary Jo Kane University of Minnesota, USA
Samantha King Queen's University, Canada
Cameron McCarthy University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Ian Mcdonald University of Brighton, UK
Michael A. Messner Sociology, University of Southern California
Toby Miller University of California, Riverside, USA
Kent Ono University of Illinois, Carbondale
Cindy Patton Emory University, Atlanta, USA
Sarah Projansky University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Peter Roby Northeastern University
David Roediger University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Andrew Ross New York University, USA
David Rowe University of Western Sydney, Australia
Jeffrey T Sammons New York University, New York
Sheila Scranton Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Michael L. Silk University of Maryland, USA
Jon Stratton Curtin University, Australia
Synthia Sydnor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Damion Thomas University of Maryland, USA
Alan Tomlinson University of Brighton, UK
Lawrence A Wenner Loyola Marymont University
Garry Whannel University of Bedfordshire, UK
Henry Yu University of California at Los Angeles, USA
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  • The Journal of Sport & Social Issues publishes the work and ideas of scholars and others interested in understanding the relationship between sport and society from diverse theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Contributors should follow the style guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Manuscripts will undergo blind review. Authorship should be identified only on the title page. Author name/address/affiliation/position should appear on the title page. Manuscripts should be prefaced by an abstract of no more than 125 words. References, tables, and figures should appear at the end of the manuscript. Notes should be avoided. Figures should be camera ready.

    Manuscripts will be submitted in electronic format to where authors will be required to set up an online account on the SAGETrack system powered by ScholarOne.Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor. Journal of Sport &. Social Issues seeks ideas for themes to be developed in future FOCUS sections. The TRENDS section publishes research and research notes on all topics impacting the social understanding of sport. The VIEW section publishes commentary and review essays. Direct all editorial correspondence to: C.L. Cole, Editor, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 236 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright Street, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, email (inquiries only; do not send submissions via e-mail).

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