Sport, Power, and Society: Institutions and Practices: A Reader

Sport, Power, and Society: Institutions and Practices: A Reader

by Robert E. Washington
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813344875

ISBN-13: 9780813344874

Pub. Date: 03/23/2010

Publisher: Westview Press

This comprehensive collection focuses on sports culture and its relationship to institutions in the surrounding society. The editors' introduction describes the many ways that sport may be diverted from meritocratic practices by the powerful social structures within which it is embedded. Readings address a variety of compelling and contentious issues: What is

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This comprehensive collection focuses on sports culture and its relationship to institutions in the surrounding society. The editors' introduction describes the many ways that sport may be diverted from meritocratic practices by the powerful social structures within which it is embedded. Readings address a variety of compelling and contentious issues: What is the role of sports in educational institutions? How are sports linked to politics? To what extent have the media transformed sports? How have sports influenced our cultural images of the body and physical health? In what ways do fans and social community influence sports? The collection also presents engaging journalistic essays that complement the scholarly analyses with insightful discussions that spotlight key issues. Using relevant theoretical perspectives such as new institutionalism, cultural hegemony, social capital, symbolic interaction, and cultural construction, the editors' section introductions connect the readings to broader conversations for a deeper understanding of the sociology of sport. Providing a cohesive foundation for a wide range of readings, Sport, Power, and Society is a must-have resource for understanding the current issues and debates surrounding the interactions of sport and society.

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ISBN-13:
9780813344874
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
03/23/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
1,099,014
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

A Note to the Reader xi

Introduction: Sport as a Model of Meritocracy xiii

Part I Raiding the Public Treasury: The Political Economy of Professional Sports 1

1 Public Dollars, Private Stadiums, and Democracy Kevin J. Delaney Rick Eckstein 5

2 May the Best Team Win: Making Baseball Competitive Andrew Zimbalist 20

3 Rooting the Home Team: Why the Packers Won't Leave-and Why the Browns Did David Morris Daniel Kraker 26

4 America's Fastest Growing Sport Brian O'Keefe Julie Schlosser 34

5 Building a Mini Metropolis Known as the U.S. Open Bill Pennington 44

Part II The Faustian Bargain: Big-Time Sports and the Media 47

6 Money, Myth and the Big Match: The Political Economy of the Sports Media David Rowe 51

7 Losing Control of the Ball: The Political Economy of Football and the Media in Australia Murray Phillips Brett Hutchins 95

8 The Global Sport Mass Media Oligopoly: The Three Usual Suspects and More Alan Law Jean Harvey Stuart Kemp 109

9 Football, Television, and the Supreme Court: How a Decision 20 Years Ago Brought Commercialization to the World of College Sports Welch Suggs 130

10 Marketers are Joining the Varsity Stuart Elliott 135

Part III True Love, or a Marriage of Convenience? Sports and Education 139

11 Who's Playing College Sports? Trends in Participation John Cheslock 143

12 The Game of Life: Taking Stock James L. Shulman William G. Bowen 158

13 Race, Cultural Capital, and the Educational Effects of Participation in Sports Tamela McNulty Eitle David Eitle 176

14 High School Football: Deep in the Heart of South Tejas Douglas Foley 200

15 Odd Jobs Help College Teams Stay Afloat Teddy Kider 206

Part IV The Power of Athletics: Sports and Politics 209

16 Where are the Jocks for Justice? Kelly Candaele Peter Dreier 213

17 Sport, Masculinity, and Black Cultural Resistance Ben Carrington 219

18 Televised Sport, Masculinist Moral Capital, and Support for the Invasion of Iraq Carl Stempel 237

19 Gay Games or Gay Olympics? Implications for Lesbian Inclusion Helen Jefferson Lenskyj 263

20 Argentina's Left-Wingers Leslie Ray 270

21 Carlos Delgado Stands up to War Dave Zirin 275

Part V More Than a Game: Fandom and Community in Sports 277

22 Emotionality in the Stands and in the Field: Expressing Self Through Baseball Nick Trujillo Bob Krizek 281

23 Joe Louis Uncovers Dynamite Richard Wright 294

24 Supporters, Followers, Fans, and Flâneurs: A Taxonomy of Spectator Identities in Football Richard Giulianotti 297

25 Something About Baseball: Gentrification, "Race Sponsorship," and Competing Class Cultures in Neighborhood Boys' Baseball Sherri Grasmuck 313

26 Hardball Ain't the Only Game in Brooklyn Anymore Lee Jenkins Michael Schmidt 339

Part VI Socializing the Anatomy: Body Culture and Sport 343

27 Making Sense of Muscle: The Body Experiences of Collegiate Women Athletes Molly George 347

28 Managing Bodily Capital Loïc Wacquant 364

29 Hindu Nationalism, Cultural Spaces, and Bodily Practices In India Ian McDonald 378

30 Athletes Embrace Size, Rejecting Stereotypes Jeré Longman 389

Part VII Giving Up Your Body: Violence and Injuries in Sports 393

31 Male Athletes, Injuries, and Violence Michael A. Messner 397

32 The Structure of Sport and Participant Violence John Schneider D. Stanley Eitzen 409

33 On-Field Player Violence Randall Collins 422

34 Backtalk: Violence, Redemption and the Cost of Sports Robert Lipsyte 446

About the Editors 449

Index 451

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