Description Sports in Society provides a comprehensive introduction to understanding the issues and controversies surrounding sports in society. Coakley delivers a critical approach toward sports related issues with an emphasis on social class, race, and ethnicity within the sports world. The new Connect course includes SmartBook, an adaptive reading and study experience. This technology encourages readers to apply their knowledge and consider the role sports plays in their personal experiences, schools, and communities.
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Coakley delivers a critical approach toward sports related issues with an emphasis on social class, race, and ethnicity within the sports world.
Examines sports 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.
Table of Contents
1: The Sociology of Sport: What is it and why study it?
2: Producing Knowledge About Sports in Society: How is Knowledge Produced In the Sociology of Sprot?
3: Sports and Socialization: Who Plays and What Happens to Them?
4: Sports for Children: Are Organized Programs Worth the Effort?
5: Deviance in Sports: Is It Out of Control?
6: Violence in Sports: 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 Global Political Processes 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?
Jay Coakley is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He received his Ph.D and M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Sociology and received his B.A. from Regis College (Denver). He is published in a wide range of journals and has edited several books including the Handbook of Sports Studies with Eric Dunning for Sage Publications, and given many presentations around the world. He has served on the editorial board for the Sociology of Sport Journal where he was editor for many years. He is currently on the editorial board of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport