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

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Although everyone loves to watch a fair, evenly matched sports contest, there is no such thing as "pure sports." The Sports and Society Reader is a collection of key scholarly and journalistic articles that demonstrates 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 sports.

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 stand-alone text for students of all levels.

Karen and 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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Editorial Reviews

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The Sport and Society Reader provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of sport, emphasizing central themes and highlighting emerging currents in the field. The selected readings offer critical assessments of race, class, gender, and sexuality from a range of theoretical perspectives. In addition to classic articles by leading scholars, the collection also smartly includes the writings of prominent journalists. The editors deserve praise for cultivating a global persepective, making it of value to students and scholars in the US, UK, and beyond. A highly readable volume, it should find regular use in classrooms.

- C. Richard King

Professor and Chair

Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies

Washington State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415772495
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Karen is a Professor of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. In addition to his interest in sports, he also focuses on social inequality, the sociology of education, and social movements. With Robert Washington, he wrote "Sport and Society," published in the Annual Review of Sociology.

Robert E. Washington is a Professor of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. His areas of scholarly interest are sports sociology, race relations, social deviance, and the sociology of culture.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Permissions xi

General introduction: sport-the game and the field 1

Section 1 The big picture: theorizing sports from sociological perspectives|9

1.1 Introduction 11

1.2 The dynamics of modern sport: notes on achievement-striving and the social significance of sport Eric Dunning 13

1.3 The mundanity of excellence: an ethnographic report on stratification and Olympic swimmers Daniel F. Chambliss 20

1.4 Varsity syndrome: the unkindest cut Robert Lipsyte 35

1.5 Mapping sports space Alan Tomlinson Andrei S. Markovits Christopher Young 41

1.6 Journalistic view: Ten reasons why sports aren't sports Andy Baggot 48

Section 2 High brow and low brow contests: sports with-more or less-class 51

2.1 Introduction 53

2.2 Distinction: a social critique of the judgement of taste Pierre Bourdieu 55

2.3 Body and soul: the boys who beat the street Loïc Wacquant 64

2.4 Class, ethnicity, and color in the making of Brazilian football José Sergio Leite Lopes 72

2.5 Journalistic view an unlikely champion Robert McG. Thomas 85

2.6 Journalistic view Higher, faster, yes. More meritocratic? No Matthew Syed 88

Section 3 Coloring the game: race matters in sport 91

3.1 Introduction 93

3.2 The anatomy of scientific racism: racialist responses to black athletic achievement Patrick B. Miller 97

3.3 The sports taboo: why blacks are like boys and whites are like girls Malcolm Gladwell 107

3.4 Manliness and civilization Gait Bederman 113

3.5 Hot spicks versus cool spades: toward a cultural definition of prizefighting Gerald Early 117

3.6 Sport as contested terrain Douglas Hartmann 122

3.7Journalistic view: College booster bias is delaying minority hiring Selena Roberts 130

Section 4 Manning the field: gender myths and privileges in sports-constructing masculinity; socialization 133

4.1 Introduction 135

4.2 Sports culture and gender among undergraduates: a study of student-athletes and students at the University of Michigan Andrei S. Markovits David T. Smith 138

4.3 The sanctity of Sunday football: why men love sports Douglas Hartmann 151

4.4 An iron man R. W Connell 157

4.5 Cheerieading and the gendered politics of sport Laura Grindstaff Emily West 164

4.6 Barbie Girls versus Sea Monsters: children constructing gender Michael A. Messner 182

4.7 Journalistic view: When tranquillity trumps equality Selena Roberts 194

Section 5 Nice guys finish last: athletes out of bounds and the problem of sports and deviance 197

5.1 Introduction 199

5.2 Playing center: the triad of violence in men's sports Michael A. Messner 203

5.3 Discourses of deception: cheating in professional running Peter G. Mewett 214

5.4 In pursuit of doped excellence: the lab animal Michael Sokolove 226

5.5 The Sprewell/Carlesimo episode: unacceptable violence or unacceptable victim? Theresa Walton 235

5.6 Crime and athletes: new racial stereotypes Richard E. Lapchick 244

5.7 Journalistic view: IOC scandal part of sports corruption big picture Joe Pollack 250

Section 6 Certain kinds of people: sexuality and sport 253

6.1 Introduction 255

6.2 Women athletes as falsely accused deviants: managing the lesbian stigma Elaine M. Blinde Diane E. Taub 258

6.3 From the "muscle moll" to the "butch" ballplayer: mannishness, lesbianism, and homophobia in US women's sport Susan K. Cahn 266

6.4 Is baseball ready for a gay Jackie Robinson? Peter Dreier 282

6.5 Journalistic view: an off-field obituary: the death of Reggie White Dave Zirin 285

Section 7 Growth of global community or neo-imperialism?: national cultures and the internationalization of sports 287

7.1 Introduction 289

7.2 Sport and globalisation Barrie Houlihan 292

7.3 Theorizing sport in the global process Joseph Maguire 306

7 A The denationalization of sport; de-ethnicization of the nation and identity de-territorialization Raffaele Poli 322

7.5 Cross-national cultural diffusion: the global spread of cricket Jason Kaufman Orlando Patterson 332

7.6 Offside: soccer and American exceptionalism Andrei S. Markovits Steven L. Hellerman 356

7.7 Beyond a boundary? Sport, transnational advertising, and the reimagining of national culture Michael Silk David L. Andrews 371

7.8 Journalistic view: Surge in racist mood raises concerns on eve of World Cup Jere Longman 380

Index 383

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