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Thinking Allowed - Sport's role in society

Updated Wednesday, 18th April 2012

This week, one of our academics focuses on one of the subjects explored in the latest Thinking Allowed - the role sport plays in society

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In the Thinking Allowed studios this week, Professor Anthony King tells Laurie about his research into how a Cambridge crew prepared for and won the Boat Race, applying this to co-ordinating action in society at large. Also, Dr Daniel Briggs asks what the reality of life is for a crack cocaine user in South London. 

In the exclusive article below, OU academic Kath Woodward encourages us to consider the role sport plays in social relations. Sporting mega-events are not only mass entertainment and opportunities for athletes to challenge themselves and to be challenged to achieve their very best. Sport also creates impact, not least by producing and reproducing social relations, which provide opportunities for change as well as the perpetuation of some inequalities. Read more in the article below then use the comments facility to share your views.  

Thinking Allowed is on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesdays at 4.00pm and repeated on Monday mornings at 12.15am. Full transmission details, and listen again links, can be found on





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