The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction

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Overview

Ranging widely in its scope, this sociological exploration emphasizes the positive aspects of sports in analyzing how they affect and are affected by the mores, values, and general culture of a nation. It provides a thorough study of the relationships between sports and such societal forces as violence, gender, race, religion, mass media, economics and others, commenting as well on the role of sports in high school and college life. American sports receive the fullest treatment, but the authors do not neglect the international aspects of sport in this student-friendly study. Also included is a brief history of sports from antiquity to the present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786441693
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/11/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 498,148
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Delaney has taught graduate and undergraduate sport sociology courses; has published numerous books, articles and book reviews; and has twice served as president of the New York State Sociological Association. He lives in Auburn, New York. Tim Madigan is assistant professor of philosophy at St. John Fisher College and lives in Rochester, New York. He is on the editorial board of Philosophy Now magazine and was formerly editorial director of the University of Rochester Press.

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Table of Contents

1 The sociology of sport 3

2 Social theory and sport 21

3 A brief history of sport 39

4 The impact of sport on culture 59

5 Socialization and sport 77

6 Youth sports 96

7 High school and college sports 116

8 Deviance in sport 136

9 Violence in sport 157

10 Gender and sport 177

11 Race and ethnicity in sport 198

12 Economics and sport 218

13 Politics and sport 239

14 Religion and sport 259

15 The media in sport 278

16 The benefits of sport participation 298

Glossary 309

Bibliography 319

Index 331

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