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

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This comprehensive collection examines the culture of sport and its relationship with various social institutions. The editors first provide a broad overview of the field and describe the ways in which the concept of sport as a meritocratic contest is undermined by the powerful social structures within which it is embedded. Sections focus on political economy, violence, the media, education, politics, fans and community, and the body. Primary readings from noted scholars in each section address current issues such as the presence of big-time sports in educational institutions; the effects of corporate media; race and class relations; professional athletes? ties to politics; and how sports alter perceptions and practices regarding beauty and health. In addition, entertaining and provocative essays from journalists supplement academic readings and spotlight key issues. Section introductions from the editors connect the readings to a theoretical framework that explores the perspectives of new institutionalism, cultural hegemony, social capital, and symbolic interaction and cultural construction. 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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“Bob Washington and David Karen’s Sport, Power, and Society: Institutions and Practices is an invaluable addition to the literature covering so many of the current controversies in sports, including the political economy of pro sports, sports in the media, sports in education, and, of course, sports in politics. It includes a variety of points of view on all sport subjects, concluding with sections on the fans and community in sport, violence and injuries, and body culture, which make fascinating reading. It is a compelling anthology of articles from our best writers on this subject. I highly recommend it.”
Richard Lapchick, Chair of DeVos Sport Business Management Program and Director, Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport

“Big-time kudos and many thanks to Robert Washington and David Karen for making life so much easier for many of us in the growing community of college professors committed to teaching first-rate courses on sports. This anthology, with its fine introduction penned by the editors and featuring carefully-selected articles addressing absolutely central topics such as the political economy of sports; sports and the media; sports and education; sports and politics; fandom and community in sports; body culture and sports; and violence and injuries in sports, renders the laborious ritual of assembling appropriate course packs totally obsolete and unnecessary. Washington and Karen deserve our praise for an intellectually sound and pedagogically helpful project which offers us a splendid array of readings for a wide-ranging and probing sports course.”
Andrei S. Markovits, University of Michigan; Co-author of Gaming the World and Offside

“Washington and Karen have prepared an important reader that presents multiple perspectives and allows us to rethink what it means to take sport seriously. This collection is essential reading for studying and learning about the dynamic of power in sport and in society.”
Eli A. Wolff, Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344874
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Washington is professor of sociology and Africana studies at Bryn Mawr College.

David Karen is professor of sociology at Bryn Mawr College.

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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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