Description Sports in Society is the definitive text for the sport sociology course. Taking a global, issues-oriented approach to the study of the role of sport in society, this text encourages the discussion of current sports-related controversies and helps students develop critical thinking skills.
Includes a new chapter called “Age and Ability: Are They Barriers to Participation and Inclusion?” that covers the latest literature on sports and physical activity during the life course and among people with varying degrees of physical and intellectual impairments.
A new section called “Sports Management Issues” appears in each chapter. These sections present critical thinking exercises centered on situations that a sports management professional might encounter.
A new section, “Family Culture and the Sport Participation of Children,” examines families as the immediate contexts in which sport participation is initiated and nurtured.
A new Reflect on Sports box, “Critical Feminist Theory Today: From the Margins to the Mainstream” has been added to address the concerns of Feminist Theory as they relate to today’s issues in sports.
Reflect on Sports feature boxes examine the most current issues in sports, including Title IX and “jumping genes.”
The text examines issues at all levels of organized athletics from youth sports to professional sports. The comprehensive coverage provides students with a systemic study of the sociology of sport.
Chapter 11, “Sports and the Economy: What Are the Characteristics of Commercial Sports?” examines how, in recent years, economic factors have dominated decisions about sports and how corporate interests have much power and control over the meaning, purpose, and organization of sports.
The chapter material is presented in a preview format at the beginning of each chapter and once again at the end of each chapter in a review.
Table of Contents
1: The Sociology of Sport: What is it and why study it?
2: Producing Knowledge About Sports in Society: What is the Role of Research and Theory?
3: Sports and Socialization: Who Plays and What Happens to Them? 4: Sports and Children: Are Organized Programs Worth the Effort? 5: Deviance in Sports: Is It Out of Control? 6: Violence in Sports: How Does It Affect Our Lives? 7: Gender and Sports: Is Equity Possible? 8: Race and Ethnicity: Are They Important in Sports? 9: Social Class: Do Money and Power Matter in Sports? 10: Age and Ability: Barriers to Participation and Inclusion?
11: Sports and the Economy: What Are the Characteristics of Commercial Sports?
12: Sports and the Media: Could They Survive Without Each Other?
13: Sports and Politics: How Do Governments and Globalization Influence Sports?
14: Sports in High School and College: Do Competitive Sports Contribute to Education?
15: Sports and Religions: Is It a Promising Combination?
16: Sports in the Future: What Do We Want Them to Be?