The Sociology of Sports Coaching

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1/13/2011
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Sports coaching is a social activity. At its heart lies a complex interaction between coach and athlete played out within the context of sport, itself a socio-culturally defined set of practices. In this ground-breaking book, leading international coaching scholars and coaches argue that an understanding of sociology and social theory can help us better grasp the interactive nature of coaching and consequently assist in demystifying the mythical 'art' of the activity.The Sociology of Sports Coaching establishes an alternative conceptual framework from which to explore sports coaching. It firstly introduces the work of key social theorists, such as Foucault, Goffman and Bourdieu among others, before highlighting the principal themes that link the study of sociology and sports coaching, such as power, interaction, and knowledge and learning. The book also outlines and develops the connections between theory and practice by placing the work of each selected social theorist alongside contemporary views on that work from a current practicing coach.This is the first book to present a critical sociological perspective of sports coaching and, as such, it represents an important step forward in the professionalisation of the discipline. It is essential reading for any serious student of sports coaching or the sociology of sport, and for any reflective practitioner looking to become a better coach.

Table of Contents

Editors and contributorsp. vii
Background and contextp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Sociological thinkersp. 13
Erving Goffman: Interaction and impression management: playing the coaching rolep. 15
Michel Foucault: Power and discourse: the 'loaded' language of coachingp. 27
Pierre Bourdieu: A theory of (coaching) practicep. 40
Arlie Russell Hochschild: The managed heart, feeling rules, and emotional labour: coaching as an emotional endeavourp. 54
Anthony Giddens: Acknowledging structure and individuality within coachingp. 67
Niklas Luhmann: Coaching as communicationp. 79
Etienne Wenger: Coaching and communities of practicep. 94
Peter Blau: Exchange, reciprocity and dependency: how coaches and athletes rely on each otherp. 108
Jürgen Habermas: Communicative action, the system and the lifeworld: critiquing social interaction in coachingp. 122
Coaching and the socialp. 133
Power in coachingp. 135
Social interaction in coachingp. 151
Coach and athlete learning: a social approachp. 166
Concluding thoughts and ways forward
Referencesp. 187
Indexp. 207
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