University of Calgary

Kevin Young

  • Professor Emeritus - Sociology

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Kevin is an internationally recognized expert in the Sociology of Sport, and on matters related to violence in particular. He has authored or edited 14 books, including: The Suffering Body in SportShifting Thresholds of Risk, Pain and InjurySport, Violence and Society (Second Edition); Reflections on Sociology of Sport: Ten Questions, Ten Scholars, Ten PerspectivesSociology of Sport: A Global Subdiscipline in ReviewSport, Social Development and PeaceQualitative Research on Sport and Physical CultureDeviance and Social Control in SportGlobal Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games; and Sport and Gender in Canada (Second Edition). Kevin has also published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and book reviews. His research and teaching interests bridge Criminology and Sociology of Sport, an interface revealing itself in studies of on- and off-field violence, litigation, surveillance and civility. Additionally, he has published widely on matters relating to gender, body and health, and the use of animals in sport. Kevin has served on the editorial boards of numerous academic journals including Sociology of Sport JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of SportQualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and HealthSocial Inclusion and Soccer and Society, and served two elected terms as Vice-President of the international body in the field (International Sociology of Sport Association). He is also an award-winning teacher, and a regular graduate student supervisor. Kevin grew up in the north of England, where he became a passionate fan of Liverpool Football Club (an ongoing obsession). He played varsity rugby on both sides of the Atlantic and continues to dabble, often injured, in a number of recreational sports.

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Invited Keynote Addresses

National Taiwan Sport University (Taiwan, 2016); Japanese Society of Physical Exercise & Sport Sciences (Tokyo, Japan, 2015; Fukuoka, Japan, 2010); BC Injury Prevention Unit (Vancouver, BC, 2008); International Congress on Sport & Social Development (Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2003); Korean Society for the Sociology of Sport (Seoul, South Korea, 1999); Korean Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (Inchon, South Korea, 1999); International Congress on Physical Education & Sport (Komotini, Greece, 1999); European College of Sports Science (Manchester, UK, 1998); Central Alberta Teachers' Convention (Red Deer, AB, 1997); Ontario/New York Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport Roundtable (Hamilton, ON, 1996); Office of International Criminal Justice, University of Chicago (Chicago, 1994); Alberta School Boards Association (Calgary, AB, 1992)

Courses Taught

Qualitative Methods, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Sport, Crime and Deviance, Sociology of Violence, Youth Crime, Special Topics in Sociology (Sport in the Community), Special Topics in Criminology (Crime & Deviance in Sport)



2019      Young, K. (Ed.), The Suffering Body in Sport: Shifting Thresholds of Risk, Pain and Injury. Bingley, UK: Emerald. 


2019      Young, K., Sport, Violence and Society (Second Edition). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. 


2018      Young, K. (Ed.), Reflections on Sociology of Sport: Ten Questions, Ten Scholars, Ten Perspectives. Bingley, UK: Emerald. 


2016      Young, K. (Ed.), Sociology of Sport: A Global Subdiscipline in Review. Bingley, UK: Emerald. 


2014      Young, K. and C. Okada (Eds.), Sport, Social Development and Peace. Bingley, UK: Emerald.


2012      Young, K. and M. Atkinson (Eds.), Qualitative Research on Sport and Physical Culture. Bingley, UK: Emerald.


2012      Young, K., Sport, Violence and Society. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.


2008      Atkinson, M. and K. Young, (Eds.), Tribal Play: Subcultural Journeys through Sport. Bingley, UK: Emerald.


2008      Atkinson, M. and K. Young, Deviance and Social Control in Sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.


2007      Young, K. and P. White (Eds.), Sport and Gender in Canada. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press (Second Edition).


2005      Young, K. and K. Wamsley (Eds.), Global Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Press.


2004      Young, K. (Ed.), Sporting Bodies, Damaged Selves: Sociological Studies of Sports-Related Injury. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Press.


2002      Maguire, J. and K. Young (Eds.), Theory, Sport & Society. Oxford, UK: JAI Press.


1999      White, P. and K. Young (Eds.), Sport and Gender in Canada. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.



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