Sport and Leisure in Social Thought

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This book examines all of the major traditions of social thought to clearly show their influence in our understanding of sport and leisure. Also shows how sport has contributed to our understanding of such themes as globalization and nationalism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415077033
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/6/1994
  • Pages: 282
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sport and leisure in social thought 1
1 Functionalism, solidarity and social stratification 5
The social functions of sport and leisure practices 9
The division of labour: From mechanical to organic solidarity and the making of modern sports and societies 11
Suicide, the elementary forms of religious life and the sports phenomenon 13
Stratification, sport and leisure practices and social mobility 20
2 Interpretative sociology: Rationalisation, cultural pessimism and the search for meaning 29
Simmel, sociation and the societal labyrinth 30
Social geometry, conflict, space and the metropolis 33
The philosophy of money, leisure and modernity 40
Weber, verstehen, ideal types and historical sociology 44
Rationalisation and body cultures 50
Art, music and styles of life: Seeking solace in aestheticism 56
3 Beyond conventional pluralism 67
A sociology of competing interest groups 68
Neo-liberals, democracy and the market place 71
Modernisation, industrialisation and social evolution 75
From conventional to critical pluralism 77
4 Classical Marxism, political economy and beyond 86
A contribution to the critique of political economy 89
Alienation and the division of labour 93
Ideology, political consciousness and class formation 95
Marxism after Marx 99
5 Culture as a war of position and a way of life 108
Gramsci's Italy, economism and a rejection of Marxism 109
Hegemony and the forces of coercion and consent 113
The working class on two wheels 117
Beyond the border country 119
6 Figurations, power and civilising processes 130
Sportisation and the making of modern sport and leisure 137
Embodied emotions, pleasure and leisure in the spare-time spectrum 141
Sport, leisure and globalisation processes: Diminishing contrasts and increasing varieties 146
7 Feminist thought and the boundaries of sisterhood 161
Biology, bodies and femininity 165
Different paths to emancipation 167
Gender, bureaucracy and organisational elites 169
Black feminism and the boundaries of sisterhood 172
Postmodern feminism 176
8 Fields of power, habitus and distinction 183
Sport practices, habitus and the body 185
Sport, social fields and class relations 193
Leisure, lifestyle and distinction 198
9 Beyond modernity and the problems of postmodernism 211
Ancient sport symbols, nostalgia, and postmodernism 215
Scarcity, seriousness and the elevation of play 217
Disneyland, hyper-reality and deconstruction 220
10 Dependency and globalisation: Sport, leisure and global processes 230
Dependency and sport: Domination and resistance 237
Globalisation and the global sports/leisure process 250
Index 264
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