SPORT IN SOCIETY is the definitive text for the sport sociology course. Taking a global, issues-oriented approach to study the role of sport in society, this text encourages the discussion of current sports-related controversies and helps students develop critical thinking skills.
Table of Contents
1 The Sociology of Sport: What Is It and Why Study It?
2 Using Social Theories: What Can They Tell Us About Sports in Society?
3 A Look at the Past: Does It Help Us Understand Sports Today?
4 Sports and Socialization: Who Plays and What Happens to Them
5 Sports and Children: Are Organized Programs Worth the Effort?
6 Deviance in Sports: Is it Out of Control?
7 Violence in Sports: How Does it Affect Our Lives?
8 Gender and Sports: Does Equity Require Ideological Changes?
9 Race and Ethnicity: Are They Important in Sports?
10 Social Class: Do Money and Power Matter in Sports?
11 Sports and the Economy: What Are the Characteristics of Commercial Sports?
12 Sports and the Media: Could They Survive Without Each Other?
13 Sports and Politics: How Do Governments and Globalization Influence Sports?
14 Sports in High School and College: Do Varsity Sport Programs Contribute to Education?
15 Sports and Religion: Is It a Promising Combination?