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Sociology of Sport (SSJ) maintains its strong commitment to the field with methodological coverage ranging from quantitative social science to qualitative research and experimental, narrative research writing.
The Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) aims to stimulate and communicate research, critical thought, and theory development on issues pertaining to sociology and sport. The most authoritative journal in the field, SSJ maintains its strong commitment to the field with methodological coverage ranging from quantitative social science to qualitative research and experimental narrative research writing. The expertly reviewed journal welcomes submissions addressing a variety of topics on health, physical activity, fitness, exercise, coaching, and sport.
Recent issues of SSJ have presented original articles on the negotiation of masculinities via the moral problematization of sport, pedagogy, and the moving body and the social impacts of spinal cord injuries. The journal also publishes a considerable number of articles that use discourse and textual analysis, and it will continue to publish noteworthy research addressing significant topics in the field.
SSJ is also published in a digital format, providing online subscribers with the same authoritative content as the print edition but with additional advantages, including the ability to search entire issues in seconds and access to back issues. The content of the online version of SSJ is available weeks before the print version arrives by mail, and online subscribers receive each issue's table of contents by e-mail when a new issue is published.
Michael Atkinson, PhD, is professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, where he teaches physical cultural studies and sport policy. He earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Calgary in 2001 and has taught as a faculty member at Memorial University of Newfoundland, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, and Loughborough University. He has been an active member of the North American and international communities in sociology of sport since the early 1990s, publishing in a variety of journals and presenting original research at conferences, colloquia, roundtables, and policy sessions on sport, health, and physical activity. Michael’s central areas of teaching and research pertain to nonmainstream physical cultures, human rights policies and biopedagogical practices in sport, bioethics in global and local sport cultures, and empirical research methods. He has studied and published about diverse subjects including ticket scalping, professional wrestling, transhumanism in sport cultures, parkour, Ashtanga yoga, fell running, criminal violence in sport, animal abuse in sport, sport and terrorism, youth masculinities and health, cosmetic surgery, and athletes with critical illnesses. Michael is author, coauthor, or editor of seven books, including Battleground: Sports (2008, Greenwood Press); Deviance and Social Control in Sport (author, with Kevin Young, 2008, Human Kinetics); Tribal Play: Subcultural Journeys Through Sport (editor, with Kevin Young, 2008, Elsevier); Boys’ Bodies: Speaking the Unspoken (editor, with Michael Kehler, 2010, Peter Lang); Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Research Methods (author, 2011, Sage); and Deconstructing Men and Masculinities (author, 2010), Oxford University Press). Michael’s research has appeared in diverse academic journals, including Sociology of Sport Journal, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Body & Society, Sex Roles, Sport in Society, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, American Journal of Play, Qualitative Research on Sport, Exercise and Health, Field Methods, Youth & Society, Deviant Behavior, Third World Quarterly, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, and Health. In October of 2004 the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada honored him with the Aurora Prize as the outstanding young scholar in the Canadian social sciences.