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Sports buffs know all about famous players and coaches and can recite statistics in endless detail. But do fans know how sport is linked to other institutions of society? Do they understand the role of sport in socializing youngsters in both positive and negative ways? What about the ways in which sport perpetuates race and gender-role stereotypes in society? How do owners, coaches, and other sport authorities exercise power to maintain control over athletes?
These issues and more are examined in Sport in Contemporary Society, Tenth Edition, a selection of accessible writing by journalists and leading scholars who represent a new era of critical appraisal of sports--both professional and amateur.
D. Stanley Eitzen is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Colorado State University. He is the coauthor, with George H. Sage, of Sociology of North American Sport, Ninth Edition (OUP, 2012).
Table of Contents
* = New or revised for this Edition Each Part ends with For Further Study Preface
Part I: TOWARD A SOCIOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING OF SPORT * 1. Sociological Theories and Sport, George H. Sage and D. Stanley Eitzen * 2. Sport as a Microcosm of Society, D. Stanley Eitzen * 3. The Super Bowl as a Microcosm of Society, D. Stanley Eitzen
Part II: SPORT AND SOCIALIZATION: ORGANIZED SPORTS AND YOUTH 4. Play Group versus Organized Competitive Team: A Comparison, Jay J. Coakley * 5. The Hidden Demographics of Youth Sports, Bruce Kelley and Carl Carchia * 6. High School Sports: An American Obsession, D. Stanley Eitzen
Part III: SPORT AND SOCIALIZATION: THE MASS MEDIA * 7. Reflections on Communication and Sport: On Men and Masculinities, Michael A. Messner 8. Gender in Televised Sports, Michael A. Messner and Cheryl Cooky * 9. ESPN: The Force in Sports, D. Stanley Eitzen
Part IV: SPORT AND SOCIALIZATION: SYMBOLS * 10. New Opposition to Old Sports Mascots, Jim Loewen * 11. Language and Gender Inequality: Change and Continuity in the Naming of Collegiate Sports Teams, D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn
Part V: PROBLEMS OF EXCESS: OVERZEALOUS ATHLETES, PARENTS, AND COACHES 12. Female Gymnasts and Ice Skaters: The Dark Side, Joan Ryan 13. Harm to Children in Youth Sports, Mark Hyman * 14. Painkiller Abuse by Athletes and Teams, Gregg Easterbrook
Part VI: PROBLEMS OF EXCESS: SPORT AND DEVIANCE * 15. Is Human Enhancement Cheating? The Answer Will Affect Sports, Schools, and the Battlefield of the Future, Brad Allenby 16. Ethical Dilemmas in American Sport: The Dark Side of Competition, D. Stanley Eitzen * 17. Joe Paterno: Death, Remembrance, and the Wages of Sin, Dave Zirin
Part VII: PROBLEMS OF EXCESS: BIG-TIME COLLEGE SPORT * 18. Athletics--Why and at What Cost?, Tony Frank 19. Is Sports in Your Mission Statement?, Charles T. Clotfelter * 20. The Shame of College Sports, Taylor Branch
Part VIII: STRUCTURED INEQUALITY: SPORT AND SOCIAL CLASS 21. The Big-Time College Sports Plantation and the Slaves Who Drive It, D. Stanley Eitzen * 22. Is Sport a Mobility Escalator? George H. Sage and D. Stanley Eitzen 23. When Domes Attack, Dave Zirin
Part IX: STRUCTURED INEQUALITY: SPORT AND RACE/ETHNICITY 24. Sporting Dreams Die on the "Rez," Kevin Simpson * 25. Realities Behind America's Favorite Pastime: The Dominican Republic's Cheap Labor Bazaar for the Major Leagues, Richard Lapchick with Devin Beahm, Giomar Nunes, and Stephanie Rivera-Casiano * 26. The 2013 Racial and Gender Report Card: National Football League, Richard Lapchick
Part X: STRUCTURED INEQUALITY: SPORT AND GENDER * 27. Title IX at 40: Examining Mysteries, Myths, and Misinformation Surrounding the Historic Federal Law, Mary Jo Kane * 28.Tiger Girls on the Soccer Field, Hilary Levey Friedman * 29. The Sanctity of Sunday Football: Why Men Love Sports, Douglas Hartmann
Part XI: STRUCTURED INEQUALITY: SPORT AND SEXUALITY * 30. The Caster Semenya Saga, Dave Zirin 31. Changing the Game: Homophobia, Sexism, and Lesbians in Sport, Pat Griffin 32. On the Team: Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student Athletes, Pat Griffin and Helen J. Carroll
Part XII: EXPANDING THE HORIZONS: SPORT AND GLOBALIZATION * 33. The Globalization of Sport, D. Stanley Eitzen 34. Nike's Crimes, David Macaray 35. New Media and Global Sports, George H. Sage