Social Issues in Sport / Edition 1
  • Social Issues in Sport / Edition 1
  • Social Issues in Sport / Edition 1

Social Issues in Sport / Edition 1

by Ron Woods

ISBN-10: 0736058729

ISBN-13: 9780736058728

Pub. Date: 11/09/2006

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

Sport is all around us. Yet few of us look critically at how it affects our lives—and even fewer look at how we as a society affect sport. Social Issues in Sport is an outstanding introduction to the multifaceted roles of sport and physical activity in society and the perfect tool for examining sport from a critical

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Sport is all around us. Yet few of us look critically at how it affects our lives—and even fewer look at how we as a society affect sport. Social Issues in Sport is an outstanding introduction to the multifaceted roles of sport and physical activity in society and the perfect tool for examining sport from a critical perspective. The text's engaging writing style, full-color format, and sound learning tools make it accessible and effective at getting students involved in and excited about the material. A full array of instructor resources make this book a highly functional and enjoyable way for instructors to introduce this subject to their students.

While the book is solidly grounded in research, it does not dwell on theory. Social Issues in Sport is written to whet the appetite of students in sport management and sport studies for a deeper look at the issues, contradictions, and confusion that characterize our love–hate affair with sport. In Social Issues in Sport, students will find heavy emphasis on areas that other texts often overlook—including the role of coaches, importance of lifetime sport and fitness, sport in education, and sport for special populations such as the physically and mentally challenged and the elderly. As a result, students gain a complete view of what constitutes sport and physical activity and a firm grasp of the sociocultural considerations vital to their understanding of sport. Students are encouraged to see the sport world not only with their eyes wide open to the problems but also with an optimistic, encouraging view of its future.

Author Ronald Woods draws on a lifetime in sport as a participant, observer, fan, teacher, coach, administrator, and critic. His wide-lens view of sport helps students make sense of the world of sport and physical activity and, more important, apply it to their own personal and professional lives. Woods' easy-to-comprehend distinction between sport for recreational participation, high performance, and spectating illuminates for students the profound differences in how sport can be viewed and challenges their thinking about their own roles as participants and spectators. Woods' diverse background in sports gives him a unique perspective and allows him to write with a style and clarity that students will appreciate.

This full-color book is organized into four parts that reflect the presence of sports around us. Part I sets the stage for studying sport in society. Part II examines the scope and effect of sport on society. Part III explores sport as an institution and how it functions within other institutions such as schools, colleges, and the Olympic movement. Part IV focuses on the interaction between our society's culture and sports.

In 19 chapters, the book enthusiastically invites students to explore many issues, such as how a participant, spectator, coach, and administrator may have differing views of sports; how to distinguish between different levels of play, games, and sport when assessing the role of sport; and what trends to expect in the future and how to be part of a positive development of sporting structures.

Social Issues in Sports contains the following features that encourage learning:

-An engaging writing style, rich with examples and pedagogical aids, gets students excited about and invested in the sporting world around them.

-Interesting sidebars include up-close profiles of significant people and organizations (In the Arena With), examples of how sport is viewed in the public (Pop Culture), and insights from those who study the subject extensively (Expert's View).

-Activity Time-Outs, nicely integrated with the text, invite readers to recognize and assess the sociocultural issues that sport raises and apply the book's concepts to their own lives.

-An instructor guide, test package, and presentation package provide instructors with tools and assignment ideas to ensure that students remain engaged.
Social Issues in Sport is an engaging, in-depth, and inspiring resource that will help students understand the value of sport and its limitations and equip them to make choices about the role sports will play in their lives.

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Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Part I. Studying Sport in Society

Chapter 1. What Is Sport and Why Do We Study It?
Sport Through the Ages
Definition of Sport
Study of Sport
Chapter Summary

Chapter 2. How Do We Study Sport?
Research Methods
Social Theories
Current Status of Sport Sociology
Chapter Summary

Part II. Scope and Effect of Sport on Society

Chapter 3. Participants Versus Spectators
Sport Participants
Factors Affecting Sport Participation
Trends in Sport Participation
Sport Spectators
Trends in Spectator Sports
Marketing to Participants and Spectators
Chapter Summary

Chapter 4. Business of Sport
Sport and the Economy
Ownership of Professional Sports
Sport As a Monopoly
Collegiate Sports As Moneymakers
Recreational Sport As a Business
Chapter Summary

Chapter 5. Media and Sport
Evolution of Sport Media
Interplay of Sport and Media
How Sport Affects the Media
Ideology of Sport Through the Media
Careers in Sport Media
Chapter Summary

Part III. Sport As an Institution

Chapter 6. Youth Sport
History of Youth Sport
Sponsors of Youth Sport
Current Status of Youth Sport
Organized Youth Sport
Why Kids Play Sport
Burnout in Youth Sport
Reforms for Youth Sport
Chapter Summary

Chapter 7. Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Sport
Interscholastic Sport
Collegiate Sport
Chapter Summary

Chapter 8. International Sport
Globalization of Modern Sport
American Influence on World Sport
Olympic Games
Effect of Media on the Globalization of Sport
Nationalism Versus Economics
Athletes and Coaches As Migrant Workers
Using Sports for Better World Understanding
Chapter Summary

Chapter 9. Olympic Movement
History of the Olympics
Effect of the Olympic Games
Nationalism and the Olympic Movement
United States Olympic Committee
Athlete Development
Chapter Summary

Part IV. Sport and Culture

Chapter 10. Sporting Behavior
Sporting Behavior at Different Levels of Sport
Youth Attitudes
Development of Moral Values
Moral Values Applied to Sport
Moral Values Taught Through Sport
Strategies for Good Sporting Behavior
Chapter Summary

Chapter 11. Race, Ethnicity, and Sport
Classifications of Race and Ethnicity
Sport Participation Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Sport and Promoting Equality
Minorities As Sport Leaders
Chapter Summary

Chapter 12. Women and Sport
Historical Role of Women
Women and Sport Before Title IX
Title IX
Women and Sport After Title IX
Social Issues in Women's Sport
Global Status of Women in Sport
Barriers for Women in Sport
Golden Age of Sports Reborn
Chapter Summary

Chapter 13. Social Class and Sport
Social Classes
Social Class and Sport Activity
Control of Amateur and Professional Sport
Class Mobility in Sport
Chapter Summary

Chapter 14. Special Populations and Sport
Americans with Disabilities Act
American Association of People with Disabilities
Sport Participation for Athletes with Physical Disabilities
Sport Participation for Athletes with Mental Disabilities
Sport Participation for Older Athletes
Issues for Special Populations in Sport
Chapter Summary

Chapter 15. Religion and Sport
Religion and Sport in History
Christian Influence on Sport
Sport and Religions Other than Christianity
Use of Religion by Athletes
Use of Religion by Coaches, Organizations, and Owners
Using Sport to Promote Religion
Using Sport to Promote Christian Colleges and Secondary Schools
Conflict Between Sport and Religion
Chapter Summary

Chapter 16. Politics and Sport
Government in Physical Activity and Health
Government in Sport
Government in Promoting Identity and Unity Among Citizens
Nationalism and Sport
Sport in Promoting Social Values
Politics Within Sport
Chapter Summary

Chapter 17. Deviance and Sport
Rule Breaking
Emotion and Deviant Behavior
Violence in Sport
Performance Enhancement Through Drugs
Eating Disorders in Sport
Hazing in Sport
Gambling and Sport
Chapter Summary

Chapter 18. Coaching Sport
Influence of Coaches
Status of Coaching
Coaching at Different Levels of Sport
Coaching Personality
Challenges for the Future of Coaching
Chapter Summary

Chapter 19. Future Trends in Sport
Social Trends
Conflict Between Performance Sport and Participation Sport
Effects of Social Changes
Effects of Spectatorship
Effects of Technology
Effects of the Electronic Media
Will Sport Change?
Chapter Summary

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