Sociology of North American Sport

ISBN-10: 0199950830

ISBN-13: 9780199950836

Edition: 9th 2012

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In Sociology of North American Sport, authors Sage and Eitzen - both former athletes and coaches - offer a compact yet comprehensive and integrated perspective on sport in North American society. Bringing a unique viewpoint to the subject, the authors analyze and, in turn, demythologize sport.This method promotes an understanding of how a sociological perspective differs from common-sense perceptions about sport and society, helping students to understand sport in a new way.
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Book details

List price: $93.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 7/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

George H. Sageis Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Kinesiology at the University of Northern Colorado. He has published more than fifty articles and is the author of many books, including Globalizing Sport: How Corporations, Media, and Politics Are Changing Sports(Paradigm 2010). He was inducted into the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame in 2006. He is the past president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.

Preface
The Sociological Analysis of Sport in North American Society
An Overview of Sociology of Sport as a Field of Study
The Pervasiveness of Sport
The Discipline of Sociology
Assumptions of the Sociological Perspective
Thinking as a Sociologist: Sociological Imagination
Units of Sociological Analysis
Micro and Macro Levels and This Book
Sociological Theories: Contrasting Ways to See and Understand Social Life
Functionalism
Conflict Theory
Conflict/Cultural Social Theories
Interactionist Theory
Sociological Theories and Sociology of Sport: Our Position
Sport as a Microcosm of Society
Common Characteristics of Sport and Society
Levels of Sport
Informal Sport
Organized Sport
Corporate Sport
Summary
Web Resources
Notes
Social and Cultural Transformations and the Rise of Sport in North America
Pre-Columbian and Colonial Traditions in North America
The Colonists Restrict Physical Activities
Early Nineteenth Century: Takeoff of Industrialization, Technology, and Organized Sport
Building a Framework for Organized Sport
The Technological Revolution and Sport
Latter Nineteenth Century: The Beginnings of Modern Sport
Urbanization and the Rise of Modern Sport Forms
Technological Innovation and Sport: Transportation
Technological Innovation and Sport: Communication
Technological Innovation and Equipment to Play Modern Sports
Other Technological Breakthroughs and Sport
The Cult of Manliness and Sport
Muscular Christianity and Intellectuals
Social Philosophy and Organized Sport
Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: The Modern World and Sport
The Maturing of Modern Sport
Twentieth-Century Technology and Sport: Transportation
The Technological Revolution and Sport: Communication
Other Technological Innovations and Sport
Sport in Education
Summary
Web Resources
Notes
Sport and North American Culture and Values
Culture, Values, and Social Theories
The North American Value System
Individual Striving for Success
Competition: The Fundamental Social Process
The Socially Valued Means to Achieve
Progress Overcomes the Status Quo
Materialism: Acquisitions and Consumption
Social Conformity
North American Social Values and Sport
Competition and Success in Sport
The Valued Means to Achievement in Sport
Progress in Sport
Materialism in Sport
External Conformity in Sport
Summary
Web Resources
Notes
Youth and Sport
Youth Sports Programs: Something for Everyone
The Rise of Youth Sports Programs: The Takeoff and Expansion of a New Form of Sport
Objectives of Youth Sports Programs
What Do Young Athletes, Their Parents, and Coaches Want from Sports?
Socialization and Sport: Involvement in Sport and Its Consequences
Socialization into Sport: Why Do Children Become Involved in Organized Sports?
Families
Parents
Siblings
Peers
Coaches
Schools
Mass Media
Participants: Youth Athletes
Socialization via Sport: Process and Outcomes
Two Forms of Play: Peer Group and Adult-Organized
Development of Personal-Social Attributes Through Sport
Youth Orientation Toward Sport
Sportsmanship in Youth Sports
Character Development in Youth Sports
Potential Psychosocial Problems in Youth Sports
Adult Intrusion in Youth Sports
Disruption of Education
Risk of Injury
The "Winning Is the Only Thing" Ethic and Youth Sports
Sports Alternatives for the Young Athlete
Emphasizing Personal Growth and Self-Actualization
Alternative Sports
Cooperative Games
Youth Sports Coaches
Bill of Rights for Young Athletes
Summary
Web Resources
Notes
Interscholastic Sport
The Role of High Schools: Differing Interpretations
The Status of Sport in Secondary Schools
The Consequences of Sport for Schools, Communities, and Individuals
The Consequences of Sport for the High School
The Consequences of Sport for the Community
The Consequences of Sport for Participants
Problems, Dilemmas, and Controversies
The Subversion of Educational Goals
The Reinforcement of Gender Roles
Cheating
Unsportsmanlike Behavior of Fans
Autocratic Coaches
Excessive Pressures to Win
Elitism
Sport Specialization
Budget Shortfalls
Corporate High School Sport Programs
Efforts to Reform High School Sports
Summary
Web Resources
Notes
Intercollegiate Sport
Beginning and Development of College Sports
Student-Centered College Sport Remains
College Sport as Big Business
Functionalism and Big-Time College Sports
Beliefs and Reality About Big-Time Sport Functions
Further Consequences of the Commercial Orientation of Big-Time College Sports
A Contradiction: Athletes as Amateurs in a Big-Business Environment
The NCAA and Student-Athletes
The Enforcement of "Amateurism"
The Restriction of Athletes' Rights
Educational Performance and Student-Athletes
Academic Predictions for Student-Athletes at College
Academic Achievement and College Athletes
Graduation Rates and Student-Athletes
The Impediments to Scholarly Achievement by College Athletes
Reform Initiatives and Intercollegiate Sports
The Administration of Intercollegiate Sports
Emphasizing the Education of Student-Athletes
Commitment to Athletes' Rights
Summary
Web Resources
Notes
Social Problems and North American Sport: Violence, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, and Gambling
Overview of Social Problems in Sport
Social Theories and Social Problems
Examples of Recent Social Problems in Sport
Violence in North American Society
Violence in Historical Context
Contemporary Violence in North America
Violence in Sport: Terminology, Theories
Is It Violence or Aggression ? Confusion in the Literature
Theories About the Connection Between Violent Behavior and Sport
Aggression Theories and Research on Sports
Violence in North American Sport
Violence as Part of North American Sports
Fostering and Supporting Player Violence
Violent Behavior of Athletes in Their Personal Lives
Sources for Violence by Male Athletes in Their Private Lives
Athletes' Violence Against Teammates: Hazing
Sports Fans: Violent and Abusive Actions
Substance Abuse and Sport
Substance Abuse Not New to Sports
The Scope of Current Substance Abuse in Sport
Anabolic Steroids: Promises Big and Strong
Sports Anti-Doping Programs in North America
Social/Cultural Influences and Substance Abuse Among Athletes
Can Substance Abuse in Sports Be Reduced, Even Prevented?
Eating Disorders in Sport
Gambling and Sports
Summary
Web Resources
Notes
Sport and Religion
The Relationship Between Religion and Society
Personal and Social Roles of Religion
The Relationship Between Religion and Sport
Ancient Greece: Creators of Organized Sports Events
The Early Christian Church and Roman Sport Spectacles
Pre-Columbian Societies: Sport in the Americas
Reformation and Protestantism in the North American Colonies
Religious Objections to Sport Declined in the Nineteenth Century
Religion and Sport Conciliation
Sport as Religion
Similarities Between Sport and Religion
Critical Views About Sport-as-Religion
Religion Uses Sport
Churches
Religious Leaders Embrace Sport
Church Colleges and Universities
Religious Organizations and Sports
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Religion and Professional Sports Organizations
Sport and Religion Publications
Missionary Work of Churches and Sport
Religious Evangelizing by Athletes and Coaches
The Promise Keepers: Patriarchy, Gender, and Sexuality
Sportianity Confronting Social Issues
Value Orientations of Religion and Sport
The Protestant Ethic and Sports
Protestantism and Contemporary Sport
Sport Uses Religion
The Use of Prayer and Divine Intervention
The Use of Magic
Magic and Its Uses in Sports
Summary
Web Resources
Notes
Sport and Politics
Politics as a Social Institution
Social Theories and Politics
Intertwining of Politics and Sports
The Political Uses of Sport
Sport as a Vehicle for Propaganda
Sport and Nationalism
Sport as an Opiate of the Masses
The Exploitation of Sport by Politicians
Sport as a Vehicle of Change in Society
Globalization and Sport
The Political Olympic Games
Political Problems and the Olympic Movement
A Proposal for Change
Summary
Web Resources
Notes
Sport and the Economy
Professional Sport as a Business
Social Theories and the Economy
Professional Sport as a Monopoly
Public Subsidization of Professional Team Franchises
Ownership for Profit
A Radical Question: Are Owners Necessary?
Who Benefits Economically from Sports?
Professional Athletes' Earnings
Auxiliary Professions and Occupations in Sport
Sport-Related Businesses
Corporate Advertising in Sport
The Relationship Between Owners and Athletes
The Draft and the Reserve Clause
Professional Team Sport Athletes Fight for Free Agency
Amateur Sport as a Business
The Ambiguous Case: Intercollegiate Sports and Amateurism
The Economics of Collegiate Sport
Summary
Web Resources
Notes
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