Communication and Sport: Surveying the Field

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Offering the most comprehensive and diverse approach to the study of communication and sport currently available at the undergraduate level, this book helps readers understand sports media, rhetoric, culture, and organizations from both micro and macro perspectives. Espistemologically diverse and theoretically grounded, the book explores youth, amateur, and professional sports through the lens of mythology, community, and identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412972932
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Billings (Ph.D., Indiana University) is Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Pearce Center for Professional Communication at Clemson University. He has published six books and over 40 journal articles and book chapters related to the intersecting roles of sport, media, and the negotiation of meaning in society. He has taught three different undergraduate courses in communication and sport, consulted and worked with constituencies such as NBC Sports, FOX Sports, and the Ladies Professional Golf Association, and led initiatives on communication and sport scholarship, including chairing the 2010 Broadcast Education Association Research Symposium: Sports Media: Transformation, Integration, Consumption.

Paul Turman (Ph.D., University of Nebraska) is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs South Dakota Board of Regents. His scholarly research focuses on the role of communication in the coach-athlete and parent-child relationship within a sport context. Prior to his time with the Board of Regents, he taught a graduate seminar entitled Communication and Sport at the University of Northern Iowa. He has published scholarly essays in journals such as Communication Education, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, the Journal of Family Communication, and Communication Studies.

Michael Butterworth (Ph.D., Indiana University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Bowling Green State University. He has taught the survey communication and sport course, as well as courses on baseball mythology and sports history and myth and a graduate seminar on sport and resistance.He is the author of Baseball and Rhetorics of Purity: The National Pastime and American Identity during the War on Terror (University of Alabama, 2010). He has also published scholarly essays in journals such as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication, Culture & Critique, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and the Western Journal of Communication.

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Table of Contents

1: Introduction to Communication & Sport Introduction Communication & Sport Perspectives and Approaches Appendices References
2: Community in Sport Introduction Player #1: The Participant Player #2: Sports Organizations Player #3: Sports Media Entities Player #4: The Fan Community of Sport in the 21st Century: Changing “Player” Roles Appendices References Suggested Additional Reading
3: Sports Fan Cultures Introduction Sports Fan Types Live vs. Mediated Fandom Fan Rituals Motives of Sport Spectators Sport Identification and Fandom Impact of New Technologies on Sport Fandom Conclusion Appendices References Suggested Additional Reading
4: Sports and Mythology Introduction Defining Terms Sports Myth Sport and Ritual Sports Heroes Sports and Religion Conclusion Appendices References Suggested Additional Reading
5: Gender and Sports Introduction A History of Women’s Sports Participation Hegemonic Masculinity in Sport Gendered Coverage of Sport Gendered Language in Sport Opportunities for Men and Women in Sport Globalization and Change Agency Appendices References Suggested Additional Readings
6: Race/Ethnicity and Sports Introduction History of Ethnicity in American Sport Participation and Sport Selection Media Exposure & Stacking Media Dialogues Conclusion Appendices References Suggested Additional Readings
7: Politics and Nationalism in Sport Introduction Sport as Political Resource Sport and the Language and Politics of War Sport and National Identity Sport and Globalization Sport and Resistance Conclusion Appendices
8: Performing Identity in Sports Introduction Performance of Gender & Sexuality Performance of Race & Ethnicity Performance of Disability Conclusion Appendices References Suggested Additional Readings
9: Communication and Sport in Parent/Child Interactions Introduction Changing Sports Culture: Game vs. Sport Sport Socialization Parent/Child Sports Interaction Sex Difference in Parental Influence Conclusion Appendices References Suggested Additional Reading
10: Player Coach Relationships in Sports Introduction Sport Outcomes and Coaching Parent/Coach Relationships in Sports Leadership Orientations Positive Coaching Communication Contexts Conclusion Appendices References Suggested Additional Readings
11: Small Group/Teams in Sport Introduction Small Group Cohesion Group/Team Processes in Sport Sport and Communication Cultures Conclusion Appendices References Suggested Additional Readings
12: Crisis Communication in Sports Organizations Introduction Sensemaking and Information Management Sport Antopologia Conclusion Appendices References Suggested Additional Readings
13: The Commodification of Sport Introduction The Sports/Media Complex Corporate Sponsorship Nostalgia Conclusion Appendices References Suggested Additional Readings
14: Fantasy Sports Introduction Fantasy Sports: A Brief History Rules and Protocols Motivations for Play Fantasy Sport Communities Societal Impact The Future of Fantasy Sport Appendices References Suggested Additional Readings
15: Sports & the Future Introduction The Future Sports Participant The Future Sports Organization The Future Sports Media Entity The Future Sports Fan Communication & Sport: Entering Hyper-Drive Appendices References Suggested Additional Readings

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