The Sport and Society Reader

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-02
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Although everyone loves to watch a fair, evenly matched sports contest, there is no such thing as "pure sport". The Sport and Society Readeris a collection of key scholarly and journalistic articles that demonstrate the ways that the sports we love to watch and the teams we love to root for are embedded in important social structures and processes that undermine sports' "purity". The volume presents articles on: sports with more or less class race matters in sports gender myths and privileges in sports sports and deviance sexuality and sport globalizing sport. The articles selected are both entertaining and highly illustrative of the links between sport and other areas of social study, resulting in a book that is as compelling as it is useful. In addition, the introductory approach used throughout orients the reader to specific key issues, making The Sport and Society Readeran ideal standalone text for students of all levels. Davide Karen and Robert E. Washington's fascinating collection of scholarly and journalistic articles challenges the prevailing perception of sports, and will stimulate discussion in the classroom and beyond. This is essential reading for all students of sports studies, the sociology of sport, and the sociology of culture.

Author Biography

David Karen is a Professor of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. In addition to his interest in sports, he also focuses on social inequality, the sociology of education, and social movements. With Robert Washington, he wrote "Sport and Society, " published in the Annual Review of Sociology. Robert E. Washington is a Professor of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. His areas of scholarly interest are sports sociology, race relations, social deviance, and the sociology of culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Permissionsp. xi
General introduction: sport-the game and the fieldp. 1
The big picture: theorizing sports from sociological perspectives 9
Introductionp. 11
The dynamics of modern sport: notes on achievement-striving and the social significance of sportp. 13
The mundanity of excellence: an ethnographic report on stratification and Olympic swimmersp. 20
Varsity syndrome: the unkindest cutp. 35
Mapping sports spacep. 41
Journalistic view: Ten reasons why sports aren't sportsp. 48
High brow and low brow contests: sports with-more or less-classp. 51
Introductionp. 53
Distinction: a social critique of the judgement of tastep. 55
Body and soul: the boys who beat the streetp. 64
Class, ethnicity, and color in the making of Brazilian footballp. 72
Journalistic view an unlikely championp. 85
Journalistic view Higher, faster, yes. More meritocratic? Nop. 88
Coloring the game: race matters in sportp. 91
Introductionp. 93
The anatomy of scientific racism: racialist responses to black athletic achievementp. 97
The sports taboo: why blacks are like boys and whites are like girlsp. 107
Manliness and civilizationp. 113
Hot spicks versus cool spades: toward a cultural definition of prizefightingp. 117
Sport as contested terrainp. 122
Journalistic view: College booster bias is delaying minority hiringp. 130
Manning the field: gender myths and privileges in sports-constructing masculinity; socializationp. 133
Introductionp. 135
Sports culture and gender among undergraduates: a study of student-athletes and students at the University of Michiganp. 138
The sanctity of Sunday football: why men love sportsp. 151
An iron manp. 157
Cheerieading and the gendered politics of sportp. 164
Barbie Girls versus Sea Monsters: children constructing genderp. 182
Journalistic view: When tranquillity trumps equalityp. 194
Nice guys finish last: athletes out of bounds and the problem of sports and deviancep. 197
Introductionp. 199
Playing center: the triad of violence in men's sportsp. 203
Discourses of deception: cheating in professional runningp. 214
In pursuit of doped excellence: the lab animalp. 226
The Sprewell/Carlesimo episode: unacceptable violence or unacceptable victim?p. 235
Crime and athletes: new racial stereotypesp. 244
Journalistic view: IOC scandal part of sports corruption big picturep. 250
Certain kinds of people: sexuality and sportp. 253
Introductionp. 255
Women athletes as falsely accused deviants: managing the lesbian stigmap. 258
From the "muscle moll" to the "butch" ballplayer: mannishness, lesbianism, and homophobia in US women's sportp. 266
Is baseball ready for a gay Jackie Robinson?p. 282
Journalistic view: an off-field obituary: the death of Reggie Whitep. 285
Growth of global community or neo-imperialism?: national cultures and the internationalization of sportsp. 287
Introductionp. 289
Sport and globalisationp. 292
Theorizing sport in the global processp. 306
The denationalization of sport; de-ethnicization of the nation and identity de-territorializationp. 322
Cross-national cultural diffusion: the global spread of cricketp. 332
Offside: soccer and American exceptionalismp. 356
Beyond a boundary? Sport, transnational advertising, and the reimagining of national culturep. 371
Journalistic view: Surge in racist mood raises concerns on eve of World Cupp. 380
Indexp. 383
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