Sociology of Sport and Social Theory

ISBN-10: 0736075720
ISBN-13: 9780736075725
Edition: 2010
Authors: Earl Smith
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Description: This book recognises sociology of sport as an important subject area for general sociologists to consider as a rich area of research possibility, while also exposing sport sociologists to the social theories that have bulk up the general discipline.  More...

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Book details

List price: $64.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 8/11/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

This book recognises sociology of sport as an important subject area for general sociologists to consider as a rich area of research possibility, while also exposing sport sociologists to the social theories that have bulk up the general discipline. This new book exposes readers to the thinking of great sociologists such as Weber, Mills, Denzin and Elias. it also explains and applies established social theories into sport context, including Tiger Woods' dominance, institutional logic within the NCAA and the melding of sport and religion.

Great Theorists
Toward a Sport Ethic: Science, Politics, and Weber's Sociology
Four Pure Types of Action
Science and Ethics: The Limits of Goal-Rational Action
The Politics of Ethical Conduct in Sport
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Sources
Civilizing Sports: Figurational Sociology and the Sociology of Sport
The Figurational Sociology of Sport and Its Critics
Criticizing and Testing Elias
The "Civilizing" of Modern Sports
Soccer Hooliganism as an English and World Problem
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Beyond the Sociological Imagination: Doing Autoethnography to Explore Intersections of Biography and History
Sociological Imagination
Applying the Sociological Imagination to Research
Applying Critical Sociological Imagination to My Studies
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Research Guided by Mid-Level Sociological Theories
The Sociology of Science: Sport, Training, and the Use of Performance-Enhancing Substances
Theories in the Sociology of Science
Sport and the Science of Training: The Conservation of Energy and Beyond
Understanding the Use of Performance-Enhancing Substances
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Political Economy: Sport and Urban Development
Urban Political Economy and Urban Regime Theory
Sport Development and Urban Development in Historical Perspective
Sport, Urban Regime, and Urban Development in Indianapolis
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Institutional Logics Theory: Examining Big-Time College Sport
Theory of Institutional Logics
Case Study: 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament Broadcasts
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Playing for Whom? Sport, Religion, and the Double-Movement of Secularization in America
The Double Movement of Secularization
Societal-Level Secularization: The Differentiation of Sport from Religion
Sport as Civil Religion?
Organizational Innovation Connecting Religion and Sport
Religion and Spirituality at the Individual Level
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Theories of Inequality
Feminist Theory and the Study of Sport: An Illustration from Title IX
The First Wave
Modern Feminist Theory:The Second Wave
Postmodern Feminism: The Third Wave
Title IX and Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Sport
Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Social and Cultural Capital: Race, School Attachment, and the Role of High School Sports
Theoretical Frameworks
Sport Participation, Academic Achievement and School Attachment
Role of Coaches
Conclusion
Suggested Research Additional Resources
Race, Class, and Gender Theory: Violence Against Women in the Institution of Sport
The Issue
Methods and Data
Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Masculinities and the Sociology of Sport: Issues and Ironies in the 21st Century
Hegemonic Masculinity
Constructions of Masculinity in Professional Football
Constructions of Masculinity in Hardcore Bodybuilding
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Getting Girls in the Game: Negotiations of Structure and Agency in a Girls' Recreational Sport Program
Overview of Theories of Structuration
Culture
Girls in the Game
Cultural Analysis: Discursive Constructions of Sport and the "At-Risk" Girls
Helping Girls "At-Risk": The Structure of "Girls in the Game"
"Doing Whatever We Want": Reproductive Agency at GIG
Negotiating Agency and Constraint in Everyday Social Interactions: The Role of Culture in School-Sanctioned Verus Hip-Hop Femininities
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Microlevel Theories
The Mundanity of Excellence: Tiger Woods and Excellence in Golf
Tiger the Golfer
Theory of Dominance in Sport
Discussion
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Making it Big: Visible Symbols of Success, Physical Appearance, and Sport Figures
The Null Hypothesis and Methodology
Observations of Sport, Fitness, and "Health" Magazine Images
Interpretations: Some Features on Which to Focus
Symbolic Interaction, Dramaturgy, and Image-Making
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Sport and Multiple Identities in Postwar Trinidad: The Case of McDonald Bailey
Theoretical Considerations
Methodology
Athletic Representation and Multiple Identities: Trinidadian or British
Conclusion
Suggested Research
Additional Resources
Epilogue
References
Index
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