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

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In today's culture, sports wield a weighty 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, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, 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.
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.
The essays are solid, and they challenge the reader to think about and reflect on social constructs and their relationships with sport and society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442206311
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (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 men's varsity soccer.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Studying Sport-What Can We Learn and Why Do We Care? Sandra Spickard Prettyman 1

Part I Youth and Sport

1 Sport Specialization and Its Effects Jay Coakley 7

2 The Power of a Coach: Sport and Life's Lasting Lessons Brian Lampman 18

3 Achieving Equal Opportunity in Youth Sports: Roles for the "Power of the Permit" and the "Child Impact Statement" Douglas E. Abrams 32

Part II Gender, Sexuality, and Sport

4 Jocks Rule-Girls Drool: Middle School Definitions of a Jock Sandra Spickard Prettyman 43

5 The Frontrunner Failed to Land a Knockout Punch: Sports Metaphors, Masculinities, and Presidential Politics Jackson Katz 61

6 The Rutgers Women's Basketball Team Talks Back: Intersectionality, Resistance, and Media Power Mary G. McDonald Cheria Thomas 78

7 Come Out and Play: Confronting Homophobia in Sports Brandon Sternod 92

8 Title IX Literacy: What Every Citizen Should Know about Title IX, Gender Equity, and College Sport Ellen J. Staurowsky 107

Part III Race, Ethnicity, and Sport

9 Sincere Fictions of Whiteness in New Millennium American Sport Films Kyle Kusz 124

10 Reporting in Black and White: Coverage of Coaching Scandals in Minnesota-Two Different Worlds? C. Keith Harrison Richard Lapchick 143

11 Duke Lacrosse: An Exploration of Race, Class, Power, and Privilege Angela J. Hattery Earl Smith 158

12 Asian Americans in Unexpected Places: Sport, Racism, and the Media C. Richard King 147

Part IV Sport, Media, and Big Business

13 Katrina's Tragic Wake and a Saintly Rescue: A Work in Progress Richard Lapchick 182

14 Sports and Economics: An Examination of College Sports and Big Business Sanford S. Williams 193

15 Do Girls Rule? Understanding Popular Culture Images of "Girl Power!" and Sport Cheryl Cooky 210

Part V International Perspectives on Sport and Participation

16 British National Female Coaches on Coaching Leanne Norman 227

17 Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympics, and Issues of Fair Competition Carwyn Jones 238

18 Strong Women, Fragile Closets: The Queering of Women's Sport Barbara Ravel Geneviève Rail 251

19 Older Athletes: Resisting and Reinforcing Discourses of Sport and Aging Rylee A. Dionigi 260

Conclusion: Thinking through the Contradictions in Sport Brian Lampman Sandra Spickard Prettyman 279

Index 283

About the Editors 295

About the Contributors 296

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