Sport in Contemporary Society An Anthology

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  • Edition: 9th
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  • Copyright: 2011-06-28
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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 inSport in Contemporary Society,a selection of accessible writing by journalists and leading scholars who represent a new era of critical appraisal of sports--both professional and amateur. This timely new edition includes twenty new chapters while retaining the classics from the last edition.Sport in Contemporary Societyis ideal for courses in sociology, sport management, and kinesiology.

Author Biography

D. Stanley Eitzen, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Colorado State University, is coauthor with George Sage of Sociology of North American Sport, 9th ed. forthcoming (Paradigm 2012). Although he is well known for his scholarship on homelessness, poverty, social inequality, power, family, and criminology, he is best known for his contributions to the sociology of sport. He was selected to be a Sports Ethics Fellow at the Institute for International Sport.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Sport as a Microcosm of Societyp. 1
Sports-An Offer We Can't Refusep. 3
American Sport in the New Millenniump. 8
The Great Recession and Sportp. 13
For Further Studyp. 21
Sport and Socialization: Organized Sports and Youthp. 23
Play Group versus Organized Competitive Team: A Comparisonp. 25
Anyone Up for Stickball? In a PlayStation World, Maybe Notp. 34
Boyhood, Organized Sports, and the Construction of Masculinitiesp. 38
For Further Studyp. 55
Sport and Socialization: The Mass Mediap. 57
The Televised Sports Manhood Formulap. 59
Gender in Televised Sportsp. 73
For Further Studyp. 77
Sport and Socialization: Symbolsp. 79
American Flags as Big as Fieldsp. 81
"Redskins" Is No Honor, Its an Insultp. 84
The De-Athleticization of Women: The Naming and Gender Marking of Collegiate Sport Teamsp. 87
For Further Studyp. 97
Problems of Excess: Overzealous Athletes, Parents, and Coachesp. 99
Female Gymnasts and Ice Skaters: The Dark Sidep. 101
Bench the Parentsp. 108
Harm to Children in Youth Sportsp. 112
Missed Opportunities: Bostons Student-Athletes Face a Sports Program in Distressp. 116
For Further Studyp. 122
Problems of Excess: Sport and Deviancep. 123
Ethical Dilemmas in American Sport: The Dark Side of Competitionp. 125
Crime and Athletes: New Racial Stereotypesp. 135
For Further Studyp. 146
Problems of Excess: Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sportsp. 147
Creating the Frankenstein Athlete: The Drug Culture in Sportsp. 149
Finding the Golden Genesp. 155
Outraged over the Steroids Outragep. 162
For Further Studyp. 165
Problems of Excess: Big-Time College Sportp. 167
College Sports 101: A Primer on Money, Athletics, and Higher Education in the 21st Century: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athleticsp. 169
Admissions Exemptions Benefit Athletesp. 191
Is Sports in Your Mission Statement?p. 194
The Big-Time College Sports Plantation and the Slaves Who Drive Itp. 197
For Further Studyp. 208
Problems of Excess: Sport and Moneyp. 209
Does Football Cost Too Much?p. 211
When Domes Attackp. 214
Corporate Titans Competing for Olympic Gold: How Ad Wars Have Hijacked the Gamesp. 228
For Further Studyp. 235
Structured Inequality: Sport and Race/Ethnicityp. 237
Sporting Dreams Die on the "Rez"p. 239
Say It Ain't So, Big Leagues: The Downside for Latin American Playersp. 246
The 2010 Racial and Gender Report Card: National Football Leaguep. 250
Racism Ethnic Discrimination, and Exclusion of Migrants and Minorities in Sport: A Comparative Overview of the Situation in the European Union: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rightsp. 256
For Further Studyp. 260
Structured Inequality: Sport and Genderp. 263
Are We There Yet? Thirty-Seven Years Later, Title IX HasnĘt Fixed It Allp. 265
Her Life Depends: On It II: Sport, Physical Activity, and the Health and Well-Being of American Girls and Women: Women's Sports Foundationp. 270
The Meaning of Success: The Athletic Experience and the Development of Male Identityp. 276
For Further Studyp. 291
Structured Inequality: Sport and Sexualityp. 293
Changing the Game: Homophobia, Sexism, and Lesbians in Sportp. 295
Gay Athletes' Dilemmap. 312
On the Team: Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student Athletesp. 317
For Further Studyp. 327
Expanding The Horizons: Sport and Globalizationp. 329
Growing the Game: The Globalization of Major League Baseballp. 331
Nike's Crimesp. 338
New Media and Global Sportsp. 340
For Further Studyp. 348
About the Editorp. 349
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