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In recent years the sociocultural significance of sport has increasing been recognised in countries around the world. Sport Matters offers a comprehensive introduction to the study of modern sport from a sociological perspective. It covers such topics as; the sociological significance of sport sport and the emotions the commercialization and professionalization of sport race-relations and sport sport and gender In using examples taken from across the globe, including sports spectator violence in North America, the growth of international soccer and the role of sport in the European civilising process, the book is unique in its cross-cultural analysis. Specifically written as an introductory text and containing a wealth of information, Sports Matters will appeal to both students and to professionals alike.