Archived Information


 BOOKS authored and co-authored

Understanding the Olympics, (2nd edition, with John Horne) Routledge 2016

 The Trojan Horse: The Growth of Commercial Sponsorship, (with Deborah Philips, Bloomsbury, 2013)

 Understanding Sport (2nd Edition), John Horne, Alan Tomlinson, Kath Woodward and Garry Whannel, London: Routledge 2012 (ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change Series)

Understanding the Olympics, John Horne and Garry Whannel, Routledge 2011

 Culture Politics and Sport: Blowing The Whistle Revisited, Routledge 2008

 Media Sport Stars, Masculinities, and Moralities London: Routledge, 2002

 Understanding Sport: An Introduction to the Sociological and Cultural Analysis of Sport, London: E and F.N. Spon,1999 (with John Horne and Alan Tomlinson)

 Fields in Vision: Television Sport and Cultural Transformation, London: Routledge, 1992

Sport on 4, London: Channel 4, 1988 (Information guide to Five Years of Channel 4 Sport)

 Blowing The Whistle: The Politics of Sport, London: Pluto 1983


BOOKS edited and co-edited

Consumption and Participation: Leisure, Culture and Commerce,Brighton: LSA 2000

Leisure Cultures: Values, Genders, Lifestyles, Brighton: LSA 1995 (with Graham McFee and Wilf Murphy)

Understanding Television London: Routledge, 1990 (with Andrew Goodwin)

Off The Ball: The Football World Cup, London: Pluto, 1986, (with Alan Tomlinson)

Five Ring Circus: Money,Power and Politics at the Olympic Games, London: Pluto 1984, (with Alan Tomlinson)

TRANSLATIONS: Whannel’s work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Japanese Romanian, Portuguese, and Spanish.


ARTICLES in academic journals

The Paradoxical Character of Live Television Sport in the Twenty-First Century, Television & new media. V15 n8, 769-776, 2014

Reflections on Communication and Sport: On Mediatization and Cultural Analysis, Communication and Sport, v1 n1, 2013

(with John Horne) ‘The ‘caged torch procession’: celebrities, protesters and the 2008 Olympic torch relay in London, Paris and San Francisco, in Sport in Society Special Issue, edited by D. Martinez & K Latham, , 13: 5, 760 -770, 2010

‘News, Celebrity and Vortextuality: a study of the media coverage of the Jackson Verdict’ in Cultural Politics, v6 n1, pp65-84, 2010

‘Television and the Transformation of Sport’, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 625, No. 1, 205-218, DOI: 10.1177/0002716209339144, 2009

‘Winning and losing respect: narratives of identity in sport films’, in Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, v11 n2/3, 2008

-(with Deborah Philips) ‘The Trojan Horse: Commercial Sponsorship as Advertising in the UK Context’, in Media Information Australia, , n119 May 06, pp62-74, 2006

‘The Four Minute Mythology: Documenting drama on film and television’, in Sport in History, v26, n2, pp. 263-27, 2006

Pregnant with Anticipation: The Pre-History of Television Sport and the Politics of Recycling and Preservation, in International Journal of Cultural Studies, v8 n4, pp405-426, 2005

‘From pig’s bladders to Ferraris: Media discourses of masculinity and morality in obituaries of Stanley Matthews’, in Culture, Sport, Society, v5 n3, pp73-94, 2002

‘Sport stars, narrativisation and masculinities’, in Leisure Studies, v18 n3, pp249-265, 1999

‘Sport, national identities and the tale of Big Jack’, in Critical Survey, v7, n2, pp158-164, 1995

‘Sport and popular culture: The temporary triumph of process over product’, Innovation in Social Science Research, v6 n3, 341-350, 1993

‘The unholy alliance: notes on television and the re-making of British sport 1965-1985’, in Leisure Studies v 5 pp129-145, 1986

‘Television spectacle and the internationalisation of sport’, Journal of Communication Inquiry, v9, n2, Summer 1985

‘Fields in vision:sport and representation’, Screen v25, n3 May/June 1984

‘Football crowd behaviour & the press’, Media Culture and Society v1, n4, 1979



‘Caught in the Spotlight: Media Themes in the build-up to the Beijing Olympic Games’, in Esporte e Sociedade Journal, Brasil, 2010

‘David Beckham, identity and masculinity’, in Sociology Review, v11 n3, pp2-4, 2002

‘From ‘motionless bodies’ to acting moral subjects: Tom Brown, a transformative romance for the production of manliness’, in Diegesis: Journal for the Association for Research in Popular Fictions, n4, Liverpool: 1999

‘Sports Stars and Popular Mythologies’, (with Ian Wellard), in 20:20 , no1, 1995

‘ The rise of satellite television’, (with John Williams) in Sociology Review, v3, n2, pp2-5, 1993

‘Television and Sport: Armchair Theatre in the Age of Fitness Chic’, in Coaching Focus, Autumn 1989, n12 p2-4, London: National Coaching Foundation, 1989, ISSN 0267-4416

‘Television, Sponsorship and Olympism’, in The 1988 Seoul Olympics, Stoke-on Trent, Staffs, UK: North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Department of Sociology, 1988

‘In search of the Olympic spirit’, in Social Studies Review, pp2-4, Sept 1988

‘It’s a Knockout: constructing communities’, Block n6, pp37-45, 1982



The savage wit of Hunter.S. Thompson, in Pleasures of the Prose: Journalism and humour, pp, (Keeble, Richard Lance; and David Swick ; eds), London: Abramis Academic, 2015, 978-1-84549-662-3

The United and the Damned: Masculinities, Fathers and Sons in The Damned United, in Analysing David Peace:, Ed. Katy Shaw, Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, pp 93-106, 2011, 978-1-4438-2990-8

(with Raymond Boyle and David Rowe) Delight in Trivial Controversy ? Questions for Sport Journalism, The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism, Edited by Stuart Allan, pp245-255, London: Routledge, 2010

Between culture and economy: understanding the politics of media sport, in Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport, (edited by Ben Carrington and Ian McDonald) London: Routledge, 2009

(with John Horne) Beer Sponsors football: What could go wrong ?, in Sport Beer and Gender: Promotional Culture and Contemporary Social Life, (edited by Lawrence A. Wenner and Steven L. Jackson), Peter Lang, New York, 2009

Winning and Losing Respect: Narratives of Identity in Sport Films, in Sport in Films, edited by Emma Poulton and Martin Roderick, London, Routledge 2008

Caught in the Spotlight: Media Themes in the build-up to the Beijing Olympic Games, in Pathways: Critiqes and Discourse in Olympic Research, (Ninth International Symposium for Olympic Research), edited by Barney, Robert K. et al; Alberta: International Centre for Olympic Studies. 2008

Masculinities and the Production of Media Representations, in Sport, Sport and Gender Identities: masculinities, feminities and sexualities, (edited by Cara Aitchison) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2007

The five rings and the small screen: television, sponsorship and new media in the Olympic Movement, in Global Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games (eds Kevin Young and Kevin Wamsley) Elsevier, 2005

From pig’s bladders to Ferraris: Media discourses of masculinity and morality in obituaries of Stanley Matthews, in Sport, Media, Society, (edited by Alina Bernstein and Neil Blain), Frank Cass, 2002.

Punishment, Redemption and Celebration in the Popular Press:   The Case of David Beckham, in Sport Stars: The Cultural Politics of Sporting Celebrity, edited by David Andrews and Steve Jackson, London: Routledge, 2001

Sport and the Media, in Handbook of Sport Studies (edited by Eric Dunning and Jay Coakley) 2000

The Spread of Sponsorship, (with Deborah Philips), in Consumption and Participation: Leisure, Culture and Commerce, (edited by Garry Whannel) Brighton: LSA 2000

The lads and the gladiators: traditional masculinities in a post-modern televisual landscape, in British Television: A Reader, (ed. Buscombe, E.) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000

Electronic manipulation of time and space in television sport, in Leisure Time and Space: meanings and Values in People’s Lives, Edited by Sheila Scraton, (pp91-100), Eastbourne: LSA ,1998

Individual stars and collective identities in media sport, in Sport, Popular Culture and Identity, (edited by Maurice Roche) Meyer and Meyer Verlag, 1998

Reading the Media Sport Audience, in MediaSport (edited by Lawrence Wenner) Routledge, 1998

The Fierce Light: The Royal Romance with Television, (with Deborah Philips) in Dissident Voices, edited by Mike Wayne, London: Pluto, 1998

Sport stars, youth and morality, in Leisure Cultures: Values, Genders, Lifestyles, (edited by Graham McFee, Wilf Murphy and Garry Whannel) Eastbourne: LSA, 1995

‘Boxed in: television in the seventies’, in Moore-Gilbert, M. (ed), Cultural Catastrophe ? The Challenge of the Arts in the Seventies, London: Routledge, pp176-197,1994

Profiting by the presence of ideals: sponsorship and Olympism, in International Olympic Academy: 32nd Session, Greece International Olympic Academy, pp89-93, 1994

‘Gridiron masculinity in North Dallas Forty’, in Kirkham, P. and J. Thumin (eds), You Tarzan: Masculinity, movies and men, London: Lawrence and Wishart, pp200-211, 1993

‘The price is right, but the moments are sticky’, in Wagg, S and D. Strinati (eds), Come on Down: British Popular Culture, London: Routledge pp179-201,1992

‘Grandstand, the sports fan and the family audience’, in Corner, J (ed, Popular Television in Britain: Studies in Cultural History,London: BFI, pp182-196, 1991

‘Television sport in an age of fitness chic’, in Kew, F (ed), Social Scientific Perspectives on Sport, BASS pp19-24, 1990

‘History is being made: television sport and the selective tradition’, in Jackson, R and T. McPhail (eds), The Olympic Movement and the Mass Media, Calgary: Hurford, pp7.13-7.22, 1989

‘Broadcasting sport: the archaeology of a professional practice’, in White, J (ed) Leisure: Politics, Planning and People, v5 The Media and Cultural Forms Brighton:LSA pp12-34, 1986

‘Sit down with us: television sport as armchair theatre, in Glyptis, S (ed) Leisure and the Media, Brighton: Leisure Studies Association Conference Papers No 16 pp8.1-8.15, 1983

‘Narrative and television sport: The Coe and Ovett story’, in Green, M and C. Jenkins (eds) Sporting Fictions, Birmingham: CCCS, pp209-230, 1982,

‘The political economy of the human interest story’, (with James Curran and Angus Douglas) in Smith, A (ed) Newspapers and Democracy USA: MIT Press, pp288-348, 1980,



Invited speaker, 4th International Conference on Sport Communication, Chengdu University, China, July 12-14 2017. Paper: Television, Money and the Future of the Olympic Games

Keynote speaker at International Conference Football: Politics of the Global Game, at the University of Warsaw, November 29-30, 2012. Topic: Football Television and Spectacle in the Digital Age

Invited speaker at symposium on Mediated Celebrity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, University of Stockholm, February 3rd-4th, 2012. Topic: From Close Up to Twitter Trend: Media, vortextuality, and the problems of analysing celebrity

Keynote Speaker at the Symposium on Television Game Shows, Cardiff School of Creative Industries, University of Glamorgan, 20 June 2008. Topic: Notes on the History of the British Television Game Show

Plenary speaker at International Conference on Celebrity Culture, University of Paisley, Scotland, September 2005. Presented paper: News, Celebrity and the Jackson verdict: a vortextual analysis

 Plenary speaker at Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Surrey Roehampton, July 2003. Presented paper: The “real” and the “vortextual” in cultural production and consumption

 Plenary speaker at Association for Research on Popular Fiction Annual Conference, at Liverpool John Moores, Nov 4-6 2001. Presented paper: Working up a High Fever: Notes on the sociology of leisure, and “work” and “leisure” in the writing of Nick Hornby.

Plenary speaker at Journeys in Leisure, the Annual Conference of the Leisure Studies Association, University of Luton, July 17-19 2001. Presented paper: Media Sport: Past, Present and Future

 Plenary speaker at The Big Ghetto: Gender and Sexuality, Leisure Studies Association International Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, July 1998

 International conference on Identitiès Collectives et Reprèsentations Symboliques, at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Paris, July 1996, Keynote presentation on Individual stars and collective identities in media sport.