Eric Dunning

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Eric Dunning
Born27 December 1936
Died10 February 2019(2019-02-10) (aged 82)
AwardsDLitt honoris causa 2013
Academic background
Alma mater University of Leicester
Academic work
Institutions University of Leicester
Main interestsSociology
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Eric Dunning (27 December 1936 – 10 February 2019 [1] ) was a British sociologist who was Emeritus Professor of sociology at the University of Leicester.

Sociology Scientific study of human society and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions

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University of Leicester university in England, United Kingdom

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Dunning had edited and co-authored numerous books in the sociology of sport. In 1999 he published his first sole-authored book, Sport Matters. [3] In October 2000, he co-edited the comprehensive Handbook of Sports Studies with Jay Coakley. [4] His book about Norbert Elias, Norbert Elias and Modern Sociology is based partly on Dunning's personal experience working with Elias for more than three decades. The book, co-authored with Jason Hughes, was published in 2012. [5]

Jason Hughes is currently a professor and head of the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at University of Leicester. Previously, he worked as a senior lecturer at Brunel University in West London.

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  1. "Norbert Elias : Death of Eric Dunning" . Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  2. Dunning's faculty page at the University of Leicester website. Web accessed July 2013.
  3. Dunning, Eric (1999). Sport matters: sociological studies of sport, violence, and civilization. London New York: Routledge. ISBN   9780415093781.
  4. Dunning, Eric; Coakley, Jay (2000). Handbook of sports studies. London: SAGE. ISBN   9780761949497.
  5. Dunning, Eric; Hughes, Jason (2012). Norbert Elias and modern sociology knowledge, interdependence, power, process. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN   9781780932255.