Joseph Maguire

Professor Joseph Maguire

  • Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Sport

Professor Maguire studied as an undergraduate in London and gained a BEd (1st class honours) from the University of London. He completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of Leicester. He is a two–term former President of the International Sociology of Sport Association. He is currently an executive board member of the International Council for Sports Science and Physical Education and Velux Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen.

Professor Maguire has received a number of major accolades:

  • Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences for his contribution to sociology and the social sciences of sport (2012).
  • The International Sociology of Sport Association ISSA Honorary Member's Award (2011).
  • The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) The Distinguished Service Award ( 2010).

Professor Maguire has published extensively in the area of sport, culture and society. Areas examined include violence, pain and injury, sport and the body/emotions, sport and the media.

Currently his work focuses on the area of sport and social theory and sport and globalisation. His research on globalisation examines inter-civilisational relations, the Olympics and mega-events, migration, media and national identity and sport and development.

  • President of International Sociology of Sport Association, 2002-04 and 2004-08.
  • Member of editorial board of the Int Rev Sociol Sport; Sportswissenschaft; Eur Phys Ed Rev; Facta Universitatis: PE and Sport.
  • Executive Board Member of International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education 2004-2011.
  • Member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities Scholarship Scheme 2004-2007.
    Visiting Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto, 2004-2008.

Selected Invited Conference Keynote and Speaker Presentations

  • Global Sport: Power, Prestige, Emulation and Resistance at the Sport and Globalization: Concepts, Structures and Cases Conference: Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies University of Toronto & Department of Dutch and Germanic Studies Cambridge University June 2011.
  • European Body Cultures and the Making of the Modern World. ISHPES Congress. From Gymnastics to Sports -- Relations, Interactions, Contradictions in the Past and the Present: A Congress on the Occasion of the Founding of the German Turner Movement in 1811. Frankfurt 2011.
  • Sport and Globalisation 25th special anniversary conference of the Korean Society for the Sociology of Sport. Seoul, Korea June 2010.
  • Migration and Sport: the state of play.  Conference: Sport as a Global Labour Market. University of Copenhagen, December 2010.
  • Invictus or evictus-us?: Media images of South Africa through the lens of the FIFA world cup.  Conference Beyond 2010: International Reflections. Cape Town, South Africa September
  • Sport and Being British. Embodying the Nation: Body, Culture and Collective Emotions Universität Hamburg, Germany. 2009
  • International and Comparative Perspectives in Sport. National Research Doctoral School for Social Sciences of Sport, University of Goteborg, Sweden. 2009
  • Imagined, Invented and ‘Real’ Migrant Experiences. Sport and Diaspora Conference Institute of Social Sciences University of Lisbon, Portugal. 2009
  • Globalisation and the Rise of ‘Soccer’ in Australia.  Sports Journalism and the Media: the State of Play in Research and Curriculum. La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. 2009

Selected Recent Research Projects and Sources of Funding

  • Scandinavian women's football goes global: A cross-national study of sports labour migration as challenge and opportunity for Nordic civil society. The project is based on a grant of 600,000 Euro from the NOS-HS Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences – Affiliated to project as a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen.
  • Branding, Identity and the 2004 Olympics: A Case Study of Global Media-Sport Economic and Social Research Council £45,022
  • Sport and National Identity: Anglo-Polish Relations British Council. £2000.

Featured publications

Book Publications

  • Maguire, J. (in press). Reflections on Process Sociology and Sport: ‘Walking the Line’. London: Routledge.
  • Maguire, J. (in press). Handbook for the Social Sciences of Sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Maguire, J. & Falcous, M. (2010). Sport and Migration: Borders, Boundaries and Crossings. London: Routledge.
  • Maguire, J. (2005). Power and Global Sport: Zones of Prestige, Emulation and Resistance. Routledge: London pp198 ISBN0-415-25279-2.
  • Maguire, J. and Masayoshi, N (ed). (2006). Japan, Sport and Society Routledge: London.

Recent Publications

  • Maguire, J. (2011). Invictus or evict-us? Media images of South Africa through the lens of the FIFA World Cup. Social Identities.  17, 5, pp. 681-694(14)
  • Maguire, J. (2011). Globalization and Sport: Beyond the Boundaries? Sociology 45: 923-929.
  • Lee, J. W. & Maguire, J. (2011). Road to Reunification? Unitary Korean Nationalism in South Korean Media Coverage of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Sociology 45: 848-867.
  • Maguire, J. (2011). ''Sport and Globalization'', in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology online, G. Ritzer (ed), Blackwell, 2011, [WWW] Available from:
  • Maguire, J. (2010). ''Why Sport Matters?: Some Sociological Observations'', in Sport in Society and the Society of Sport, D. Chatziefstathiou and D. Geogroulas (eds), Niriides Press, Athens, 2010,
    Maguire, J. (2010). ''Sport as a social glue or toxin for Europe?'', Sport et Citoyenneté: special issue: Sport and European Identity.
  • Maguire, J. & Smith Maguire, J., (2010). ''Figurational Sociology'', in Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, G. Ritzer & J.M. Ryan (eds), Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp, ISBN: 978-1405183536.
  • Maguire, J. (2009). The Social Construction and Impact of Champions Sport and Society 12, 3, 1242-1256.
  • Maguire, J. & Jung Woo Lee. (2009). Global Festival through National Prism: Global and National  nexus in South Korean Media Coverage of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 44, 1. pp.
  • Maguire, J., Z. Mazur, Z.,  Wawrzyczek, I. & Elliott, R.) (2009). New Europe, old games: making sense of Anglo-Polish media coverage of England versus Poland football matches Sport and Society.  12, 2 pp. 141-155.
  • Maguire, J. Butler, K., Barnard, S., & Golding, P. (2008). Olympic Legacies in the IOC’s Celebrate Humanity Campaign: Ancient or Modern? International Journal of the History of Sport. 25, 14, pp. 2041-2059.
  • Maguire, J. Butler, K., Barnard, S., & Golding, P. (2008). Celebrate ‘humanity’ or ‘consumers?’: a critical evaluation of a brand in motion Social Identities 14(1): 63-77.
  • Maguire, J. Butler, K., Barnard, S., & Golding, P. (2008). Olympism and consumption: an analysis of advertising in the British media coverage of the 2004 Athens Olympic games Sociology of Sport Journal. 25, pp. 167-186.
  • Maguire, J. (2008). ‘Real politic’ or ‘ethically based’: sport, globalisation, migration and nation-state policies. Sport in Society Special issue on Sport and Foreign Policy. 11, 4, pp. 443-458.