Perspectives on Sport and Society
Examines the links between sport and a range of broader social issues such as race, sexuality, and globalization. This book challenges the prevailing perception of sports, and stimulates discussion in the classroom and beyond. It is suitable for students of sports studies, the sociology of sport, and the sociology of culture.
Sport has become a highly visible and highly significant component of contemporary society. This innovative anthology represents the perfect foundation text for any class looking to explore the sociology and culture of sport. It contains an unusual and exciting collection of classic essays, less familiar but challenging and provocative writings, and thoughtful editorial commentary that together represent a fascinating exploration of the nature and meaning of contemporary sport in society."The Sport and Society Reader" introduces the most important theoretical approaches to the study of sport and comprehensively explores the key themes that define the discipline, including: Class, race and gender; Deviance and violence; The media; Politics and political economy; Globalization; Education; and, Fans and community. Placing sport at the heart of the analysis, each topical section contains an editorial introduction, insets explaining key sociological concepts, empirical reports and strongly-argued opinion pieces designed to prompt classroom discussion, plus substantial essays from leading international figures in the sociology of sport.; "The Sport and Society Reader" is an essential course resource for all students of sport, society and culture.
Introduction Sport: The Game and the Field 1. The Big Picture: Theorizing Sports from Sociological Perspectives 2. High Brow and Low Brow Contests: Sports with More or Less Class 3. Coloring the Game: Race Matters in Sports 4. Manning the Field: Gender Myths and Privileges in Sports -- Constructing Masculinity; Socialization 5. Nice Guys Finish Last: Athletes Out of Bounds and the Problem of Sports and Deviance 6. Certain Kinds of People: Sexuality and Sport 7. Growth of Global Community or Neo-Imperialism? National Cultures and the Internationalization of Sports