Learning Culture through Sports: Perspectives on Society and Organized Sports / Edition 2

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In today's culture, sports wield a weight influence; this influence, however, is rarely examined. Similar to the first edition, this second edition of Learning Culture Through Sports provides coaches, educators, parents, and others dealing with students and athletes with an engaging and critical context for probing the sociological basis of this influence. The book's sections each address a particular issue in sport: youth and sport; gender and sexuality; race and ethnicity; sport, media, and big business; and international perspectives on sport and participation. Leading experts in the field present new and exciting avenues for exploring sport in our world, allowing us to recognize its tremendous influence, both positive and negative, in our lives and in our world. This new edition also includes cutting-edge research examining contemporary issues and controversies surrounding sport today. These issues, analyzed from multiple perspectives, will inspire readers to change the game in positive ways.
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Editorial Reviews

The essays are solid, and they challenge the reader to think about and reflect on social constructs and their relationships with sport and society.
The essays are solid, and they challenge the reader to think about and reflect on social constructs and their relationships with sport and society.
The essays are solid, and they challenge the reader to think about and reflect on social constructs and their relationships with sport and society.
Jeffrey Zaslow
This book offers new and heartfelt insights into the role of sports in our lives. In these pages, you'll meet coaches, players, parents and academics who will help you rethink your relationship with the games you love, and recommit to giving your children the best sports experiences possible.
Michael Oriard
Through these essays, written by a distinguished group of contributors, students can discover how the sports they take for granted can be a window into understanding the world in which they live.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442206304
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Spickard Prettyman is associate professor of educational foundations and leadership at the University of Akron. Brian Lampman is a high school social studies teacher in Saline, Michigan, where he also coaches menOs varsity soccer.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Studying Sport What Can We Learn and Why Do We Care? 1

Part I. Youth and Sport Sandra Spickard Prettyman Prettyman, Sandra Spickard

1 Sport Specialization and Its Effects Sandra Spickard Prettyman Prettyman, Sandra Spickard 7

2 The Power of a Coach: Sport and Life's Lasting Lessons Jay Coakley Coakley, Jay 18

3 Achieving Equal Opportunity in Youth Sports: Roles for the "Power of the Permit" and the "Child Impact Statement" Brian Lampman Lampman, Brian 32

Part II. Gender, Sexuality, and Sport Douglas E. Abrams Abrams, Douglas E.

4 Jocks Rule Girls Drool: Middle School Definitions of a Jock Douglas E. Abrams Abrams, Douglas E. 43

5 The Frontrunner Failed to Land a Knockout Punch: Sports Metaphors, Masculinities, and Presidential Politics Sandra Spickard Prettyman Prettyman, Sandra Spickard 61

6 The Rutgers Women's Basketball Team Talks Back: Intersectionality, Resistance, and Media Power Jackson Katz Katz, Jackson 78

7 Come Out and Play: Confronting Homophobia in Sports Cheria Thomas Thomas, Cheria 92

8 Title IX Literacy: What Every Citizen Should Know about Title IX, Gender Equity, and College Sport Brandon Sternod Sternod, Brandon 107

Part III. Race, Ethnicity, and Sport Ellen J. Staurowsky Staurowsky, Ellen J.

9 Sincere Fictions of Whiteness in New Millennium American Sport Films Ellen J. Staurowsky Staurowsky, Ellen J. 124

10 Reporting in Black and White: Coverage of Coaching Scandals in Minnesota Two Different Worlds? Kyle Kusz Kusz, Kyle 143

11 Duke Lacrosse: An Exploration of Race, Class, Power, and Privilege Richard Lapchick Lapchick, Richard 158

12 Asian Americans in Unexpected Places: Sport, Racism, and the Media Earl Smith Smith, Earl 174

Part IV. Sport, Media, and Big Business C. Richard King King, C. Richard

13 Katrina's Tragic Wake and a Saintly Rescue: A Work in Progress C. Richard King King, C. Richard 182

14 Sports and Economics: An Examination of College Sports and Big Business Richard Lapchick Lapchick, Richard 193

15 Do Girls Rule? Understanding Popular Culture Images of "Girl Power!" and Sport Sanford S. Williams Williams, Sanford S. 210

Part V. International Perspectives on Sport and Participation Cheryl Cooky Cooky, Cheryl

16 British National Female Coaches on Coaching Cheryl Cooky Cooky, Cheryl 227

17 Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympics, and Issues of Fair Competition Leanne Norman Norman, Leanne 238

18 Strong Women, Fragile Closets: The Queering of Women's Sport Carwyn Jones Jones, Carwyn 251

19 Older Athletes: Resisting and Reinforcing Discourses of Sport and Aging Geneviève Rail Rail, Geneviève 260

Conclusion: Thinking through the Contradictions in Sport Rylee A. Dionigi Dionigi, Rylee A. 279

Index Sandra Spickard Prettyman Prettyman, Sandra Spickard 283

About the Editors Sandra Spickard Prettyman Prettyman, Sandra Spickard 295

About the Contributors Sandra Spickard Prettyman Prettyman, Sandra Spickard 296

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