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Sports, Society, and Technology

Bodies, Practices, and Knowledge Production

  • Jennifer J. Sterling
  • Mary G. McDonald
  • Uniquely addresses the complex entanglements of sports, society, and technology through interdisciplinary scholarship

  • Provides varied perspectives and a diverse range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions necessary to interrogate complex human-technology interactions

  • Fills a significant gap in existing scholarship by merging the strengths of STS’s object-oriented approach to technology with the focus on embodiment in Sport Studies


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jennifer J. Sterling, Mary G. McDonald
    Pages 1-14
  3. Practices, Productions, and Knowledges

  4. Bodies/Matter

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 269-282

About this book


Sports, Society, and Technology: Bodies, Practices, and Knowledge Production addresses the complex entanglements of science, technology, and sporting cultures. The collection explores themes around human and non-human actants, knowledge formations and processes, and the materiality and multiplicity of bodies through an engagement with the interdisciplinary fields of Sport Studies and Science and Technology Studies. Representing a range of methodological, theoretical, and disciplinary approaches, contributors interrogate the social, cultural, political, and historical intersections of an ever-expanding techno-scientific sporting landscape – from true bounce and brain trauma to exercise physiology, metrics, and esports, and from feminist technoscience, whey protein, and epigenetics to sickle cell screening and testosterone regulation.


Sport Technology Sociology of Sport Sport, Technology and the Body Sports, Society, and Technology STS

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer J. Sterling
    • 1
  • Mary G. McDonald
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

About the editors

Jennifer J. Sterling is a Lecturer in Sport Studies in the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa.

Mary G. McDonald is the Homer C. Rice Chair of Sports and Society, and Professor in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institution of Technology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sports, Society, and Technology
  • Book Subtitle Bodies, Practices, and Knowledge Production
  • Editors Jennifer J. Sterling
    Mary G. McDonald
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-32-9126-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-32-9129-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-32-9127-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 282
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science and Technology Studies
    Sociology of Sport and Leisure
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“In this wonderfully curated collection, editors Jennifer Sterling and Mary McDonald make evident the value of science and technology studies (STS) for enriching our understanding of contemporary sporting cultures. They also show the value of sport for illuminating the complex effects of an increasingly technologized society. Provocative content and compelling methodological insights will surely help push both fields in new directions.” (Mary Louise Adams, Professor, Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport, Health and the Body, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, Canada)