The Sport and Society Reader: Perspectives on Sport and Society / Edition 1

The Sport and Society Reader: Perspectives on Sport and Society / Edition 1

by David Karen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415772486

ISBN-13: 9780415772488

Pub. Date: 10/02/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Although everyone loves to watch a fair, evenly matched sports contest, there is no such thing as "pure sport". The Sport and Society Reader is a collection of key scholarly and journalistic articles that demonstrate the ways that the sports we love to watch and the teams we love to root for are embedded in important social structures and processes that

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Although everyone loves to watch a fair, evenly matched sports contest, there is no such thing as "pure sport". The Sport and Society Reader is a collection of key scholarly and journalistic articles that demonstrate the ways that the sports we love to watch and the teams we love to root for are embedded in important social structures and processes that undermine sports’ "purity". The volume presents articles on:

  • sports with – more or less – class
  • race matters in sports
  • gender myths and privileges in sports
  • sports and deviance
  • sexuality and sport
  • globalizing sport.

The articles selected are both entertaining and highly illustrative of the links between sport and other areas of social study, resulting in a book that is as compelling as it is useful. In addition, the introductory approach used throughout orients the reader to specific key issues, making The Sport and Society Reader an ideal standalone text for students of all levels.

Davide Karen and Robert E. Washington’s fascinating collection of scholarly and journalistic articles challenges the prevailing perception of sports, and will stimulate discussion in the classroom and beyond. This is essential reading for all students of sports studies, the sociology of sport, and the sociology of culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415772488
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/02/2009
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sport: The Game and the Field 1. The Big Picture: Theorizing Sports from Sociological Perspectives 2. High Brow and Low Brow Contests: Sports with More or Less Class 3. Colouring the Game: Race Matters in Sports 4. Manning the Field: Gender Myths and Privileges in Sports – Constructing Masculinity; Socialization 5. Nice Guys Finish Last: Athletes Out of Bounds and the Problem of Sports and Deviance 6. Certain Kinds of People: Sexuality and Sport 7. Growth of Global Community or Neo-Imperialism? National Cultures and the Internationalization of Sports

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