This excellent new edition continues the legacy of the previous ten editions of "Sports in Society". Combining the original structure with new material, the authors introduce research and discussion which encompasses a global view of the sociology of sport. The sociology of sport is a sub-discipline of sociology that studies sports as part of social and cultural life. Sensitive topics, such as religion, have been integrated throughout the text to provide a holistic view of society. Drawing on a number of contemporary issues, terms and debates in sports, the authors use a range of specific cases to bring theory to life.
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 Socialisation: Who plays and what happens to them? 5. Sports and Young People: Are organised schemes worth the effort? 6. Deviance in Sport: Is it out of control? 7. Violence in sport: How does it affect our lives? 8. Gender and Sports: Does equity require ideological changes? 9. Race, Ethnicity and National Identity: 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 sport? 12. Sports and the Media: Could they survive without each other? 13. Sports, Politics and Globalisation: How do Governments and Global processes influence sport? 14. Sport in the Future: What can we create?
Jay Coakley is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He received his Ph.D and M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Sociology and received his B.A. from Regis College. He is published in a wide range of journals and has edited several books including the forthcoming Handbook of Sport and Society with Eric Dunning for Sage Publications, and presented numerous papers around the wordl. He has seved on the editorial board for the Sociology of Sport Journal where he was editor for many years. He is currently on the editorial board of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.