Paradoxes of Youth and Sport / Edition 1

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Highlights the practical benefits and the many problems of youth and sports in the United States.
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Editorial Reviews

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“This is a timely and useful book that will make a significant contribution. Sport psychologists are just beginning to assess whether or not sports have something positive to offer young people. Political leaders, educators, physical educators, school administrators, and community planners want useful ideas and evaluation information that tells them whether or not sports are an asset in young people’s lives, especially poor and marginalized young people. This book takes an important step in this exploratory direction, and will help us plot a course for future research and advocacy.” — Donald F. Sabo, coeditor of Masculinities, Gender Relations, and Sport

“It is in both the individual scholarship and the juxtaposition of interdisciplinary perspectives that this book truly shines. The multiple voices focusing on similar issues from varying perspectives—research, theory, practical applications, athlete reflections—allow the reader to mentally walk around the complex issues of sport, youth, violence, sport violence, gender, race, and media.” — Kate F. Hays, author of Working it Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy

At the same time that issues of race, gender, violence, and structural inequality permeate the world of sport, sport is offered up as an ameliorative tool for related problems. Originally developed for a 1997 National Conference on Youth, Sport, Violence, and the Media, 15 articles by academics from the fields of psychology, sociology, health, education, kinesiology, legal studies, and communications present theory- and data-based descriptions of social issues in sport, alongside recommendations for intervention strategies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791453247
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: SUNY Series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Gatz is Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California, and the editor of Emerging Issues in Mental Health and Aging.

Michael A. Messner is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, and the author of Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements and Power at Play: Sports and the Problem of Masculinity.

Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach is Professor of Communication and Sociology at the University of Southern California, and coeditor, with Melvin L. DeFleur, of Theories of Mass Communication.

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Table of Contents

Wayne Wilson


Introduction: Framing Social Issues through Sport



1. Using Sports to Control Deviance and Violence among Youths: Let’s Be Critical and Cautious
Jay Coakley

2. The Role of Sports in Youth Development
Martha E. Ewing, Lori A. Gano-Overway, Crystal F. Branta, and Vern D. Seefeldt

3. Teaching Life Skills through Sport
Steven J. Danish

Kids of Value: A Conversation with Marty Martinson



4. Representations of Female Athletes in Young Adult Sports Fiction: Issues and Intersections of Race and Gender
Mary Jo Kane and Kimberly D. Pearce

5. We Got Next: Negotiating Race and Gender in Professional Basketball
Sarah Banet-Weiser

6. Teaching Against the Grain: A Learner-Centered, Media-Based, and Profeminist Approach to Gender and Nonviolence in Sport
Jim McKay

7. Blowing Whistles: The Sports Violence Profile
Lawrence A. Wenner

Let's Face It: A Conversation with David Davis on Sports Journalism



8. Race, Youth, and Role Models
Kenneth L. Shropshire

9. Understanding Intercultural Relations on Multiethnic High School Sports Teams
Patricia M. Greenfield, Helen M. Davis, Lalita K. Suzuki, and Ioakim P. Boutakidis

10. Athletic Identity, Racial Attitudes, and Aggression in First-Year Black and White Intercollegiate Athletes
James S. Jackson, Shelley Keiper, Kendrick T. Brown, Tony N. Brown, and Warde Manuel

11. Uneven Playing Field: The Impact of Structural Barriers on the Initial Eligibility of African American Student Athletes
Robert M. Sellers, Tabbye M. Chavous, and Tony N. Brown

Race and Sport and Youth in America: A Conversation with Terrence Barnum



12. Contrasting Perspectives on Youthful Sports Violence
Malcolm W. Klein and Susan B. Sorenson

13. From “Sports Violence” to “Sports Crime”: Aspects of Violence, Law, and Gender in the Sports Process
Kevin Young

14. Scoring without Consent: Confronting Male Athletes’ Violence Against Women
Michael A. Messner and Mark A. Stevens

15. Sport, Youth, Violence, and the Media: An Activist Athlete’s Point of View
Donald G. McPherson

Sport and Youth-Violence Prevention: A Conversation with Billie P. Weiss

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