Jamie Cleland

Dr Jamie Cleland is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Management at the University of South Australia. He gained his PhD from the University of Liverpool, UK, in 2008 and has held academic positions at Liverpool Hope University, Staffordshire University and Loughborough University. Dr Cleland has authored and co-authored six books: The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019); Online Research Methods in Sport Studies (Routledge, 2019); Screen Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); Collective Action and Football Fandom: A Relational Sociological Approach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); A Sociology of Football in a Global Context (Routledge, 2015); and Football’s Dark Side: Corruption, Homophobia, Violence and Racism in the Beautiful Game (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Alongside these books, he has also published over 40 articles and chapters on contemporary social issues in sport and society, focusing on topics such as terrorism/security, communication, sexuality/homophobia, violence, race and active supporter mobilisations.

Football Is Ready for Openly Gay Players

Feb 24, 2021

As last year’s British Social Attitudes survey indicates, 66% approve of same-sex couples, meaning about a third do not. Our newest research suggests that, with 95% of fans saying they favor openly gay players, football crowds are more welcoming of gay people than the rest of the UK population. It...

Is Transphobia Becoming the Bitterest Bigotry in Modern Society?

Oct 28, 2019

“A biological male claiming to be a transgender woman, won the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles over the weekend.” That’s how the alt-right news website Breitbart greeted Rachel McKinnon’s victory last October. Since then McKinnon, a Canadian track cyclist who transitioned from male to female...