Sports in Society is the definitive text for the sports sociology course. Offering a global, issues-oriented approach, 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: How can they help us study sports in society?
3 Studying 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 your 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?