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Sport in society : issues and controversies

Author: Jay J Coakley
Publisher: Boston : McGraw-Hill, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Eighth editionView all editions and formats
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Intended for the sports sociology course, this book encourages the discussion of sports-related controversies and helps students develop critical thinking skills.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Coakley, Jay J.
Sport in society.
Boston : McGraw-Hill, ©2004
(OCoLC)645014285
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jay J Coakley
ISBN: 0072556579 9780072556575 0072930357 9780072930351
OCLC Number: 51631598
Description: x, 614 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The sociology of sport : what is it and why study it? --
About this book --
About this chapter --
What is the sociology of sport? --
Why study sports in society? --
What is the current status of the sociology of sport? --
What are sports? --
Summary : why study the sociology of sport? --
2. Using social theories : how can they help us study sports in society? --
What are theories and why do we need them? --
Functionalist theory : what do sports contribute to society? --
Conflict theory : are sports all about money and economic power? --
Interactionist theory : how do people experience sports? --
Critical theories : how are sports involved in creating and changing culture and social relations? --
Feminist theories : what are the connections between gender and sports? --
Figurational theory : understanding sports in terms of historical and global processes --
Is there a best theoretical approach to use when studying sports? --
Summary : how can social theories help us study sports in society? 3. Studying the past : does it help us understand sports today? --
Understanding history while studying sports in society --
Sports vary by time and place --
Contests and games in ancient Greece : beyond the myths (1000 B.C. to 100 B.C.) --
Roman contests and games : spectacles and gladiators (100 B.C. to 500 A.D.) --
Tournaments and games in medieval Europe : separation of the masters and the masses (500 to 1300) --
The Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment : games as diversions (1300 to 1800) --
The Industrial Revolution : the emergence of organized competitive sports (1780 to 1920) --
Since 1920 : struggles continue --
Summary : can we use history to understand sports today? --
4. Sports and socialization : who plays and what happens to them? --
What is socialization? --
Becoming involved and staying involved in sports --
Changing or ending sport participation --
Being involved in sports : what happens? --
What socialization research doesn't tell us --
Summary : who plays and what happens? 5. Sports and children : are organized programs worth the effort? --
Origin and development of organized youth sports --
Major trends in youth sports today --
Different experiences : informal, player-controlled sports versus organized, adult-controlled sports --
Sociological questions about youth spots --
Recommendations for changing children's sports --
Prospects for change --
Summary : are organized youth sport programs worth the effort? --
6. Deviance in sports : is it out of control? --
Problems faced when studying deviance in sports --
Defining and studying deviance in sports : three approaches --
Research on deviance among athletes --
Performance-enhancing substances : deviant overconformity in sports --
Summary : is deviance in sports out of control? --
7. Violence in sports : how does it affect our lives? --
What is violence? --
Violence in sports through history --
Violence on the filed --
Violence off the field --
Violence among spectators --
Summary : does violence in sports affect our lives? 8. Gender and sports : does equity require ideological changes? --
Participation and equity issues --
Ideological and cultural issues --
Summary : does equity require ideological changes? --
9. Race and ethnicity : are they important in sports? --
Definitions of race, ethnicity, and minority group --
Racial classification systems and racial ideology in sports --
Sport participation among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States --
The dynamics of racial and ethnic relations in sports --
Summary : are race and ethnicity important in sports? --
10. Social class : do money and power matter in sports? --
Social class and class relations --
Sports and economic inequality --
Social class and sport participation patterns --
Economic and career opportunities in sports --
Sport participation and occupational careers among former athletes --
Summary : do money and power matter in sports? 11. Sports and the economy : what are the characteristics of commercial sports? --
Emergence and growth of commercial sports --
Commercialization and changes in sports --
Owners, sponsors, and promoters in commercial sports --
Legal status and incomes of athletes in commercial sports --
Summary : what are the characteristics of commercial sports? --
12. Sports and the media : could they survive without each other? --
Characteristics of the media --
Sports and the media : a two-way relationship --
Images and narratives in media sports --
The profession of sport journalism --
Summary : could sports and the media survive without each other? --
13. Sports and politics : how do governments and globalization influence sports? --
The sports-government connection --
Sports and global political processes --
Politics in sports --
Summary : how do governments and globalization influence sports? 14. Sports in high school and college : do varsity sport programs contribute to education? --
Arguments for and against interscholastic sports --
Interscholastic sports and the experiences of high school students --
Intercollegiate sports and the experiences of college students --
Do schools benefit from varsity sports? --
Varsity high school sports : problems and recommendations --
Intercollegiate sports : problems and recommendations --
Summary are varsity sports educational? --
15. Sports and religions : is it a promising combination? --
How do sociologists define and study religion? --
Similarities and differences between sports and religions --
Modern sports and religious beliefs and organizations --
The challenges of combining sports and religious beliefs --
Summary : is it a promising combination? --
16. Sports in the future : what can we expect? --
Major sport forms in the future --
Future trends in sports --
Specific forecasts --
The challenge of making the future --
Summary : what can we expect in the future?
Responsibility: Jay Coakley.
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