Sport in a Changing World

ISBN-10: 1594514437
ISBN-13: 9781594514432
Edition: 2009
Authors: Howard L. Nixon
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Description: In a stressful, turbulent world, sport can be an escape from reality. In fact, sport mirrors the issues and problems of our world today, bearing the imprint of powerful forces of social change. This book offers a sociological perspective for seeing  More...

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Book details

List price: $79.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

In a stressful, turbulent world, sport can be an escape from reality. In fact, sport mirrors the issues and problems of our world today, bearing the imprint of powerful forces of social change. This book offers a sociological perspective for seeing and understanding the place of sport in society and how it is affected by big business and by demographic, cultural, organizational, economic, political, and technological change. Nixon's main focus is "big-time" commercialized and corporate sport, from Little Baseball, Inc. to youth club sports, high school and college athletics, and professional and Olympic sports. He writes vividly of the making and unmaking of heroes and celebrities. Throughout he shows how the combined influence of networks of major sports organizations, media corporations, and corporate sponsors is shaping sport around the world.

Special Features
Acknowledgments
Sport, the Body, and Forces of Change: An Introduction to Sport Sociology
Sociology
Sociological Imagination
Critical Thinking and Objectivity in Sociology
Sport Sociology
The Concept of Sport
The Contemporary Social Organization of Sport
Sport, the Body, and Contested Terrain
Contemporary Forces of Change in Society and Sport
Plan for the Book
Note
Social Theories and Research Methods in Sport Sociology
Major Theoretical Perspectives in Sport Sociology
Social Network Analysis
Social Research Methods
Looking Ahead
Notes
Stratification and Social Class in Sport
Social Stratification and Mobility
Social Theory and Inequality in Sport
Social Inequalities, Access, and Opportunity: Sport and the American Dream
Global Sports, Sports Hierarchies, and the Golden Triangle
Media Constructions of Inequalities in Sport
Conclusion: Sport, Stratification, and Contested Terrain
Notes
Dimensions of Social Inequality in Sport
Gender and Sport
Sexual Orientation and Sport
Race, Ethnicity, and Sport
Disabilities, Disability Sport, and the Mainstream
Conclusion: Sport and Inequality in a Changing World
Notes
Globalization, Global Sports Culture, and the Golden Triangle
Social Theory, Culture, and Sport
Globalization Theories and Sport
Television and the Mediated Construction of Global Sport
The Golden Triangle and the Global Diffusion of Sports Culture
Global Sports Culture, the Capitalist Imperative, and Consumerism
Global Sports Culture and U.S. Exceptionalism: U.S. Sports versus the World
Conclusion: Sport in a Changing Cultural World
From the Global Cultural Economy to U.S. Sports Cultures and Subcultures
Television and the Construction of Global Sports Heroes and Celebrities
The Globalization of Michael Jordan ... and Other Sports Stars
The Culture of Individualism and the American Dream
From the Dominant American Sports Creed to the Sport Ethic and Other Cultural Values
Sport as a Sacred Escape
Alternative Sports Subcultures
Conclusion: Shaping Culture and Making Change in Global and U.S. Sports Cultures
Socialization in Youth Sports and High School Athletics
Theoretical Ideas about Socialization and Its Social Implications
Contexts of Socialization: Types of Youth Sports
Learning about Status and the Self in Youth Sports
Gender and Social Class
Gender and Race
Class, Race, and Ethnicity in High School Athletics
Sexual Orientation
Disability
Character and What Adults Expect
Citizenship and Nationalism
The High School Student-Athlete in the United States
The Golden Triangle and Making Youth Sports Big-Time
Parental Influence in Youth Sports
Dropout and Access Issues in Youth Sports
Conclusion: Socialization and Youth Sports in a Changing World
Note
Sport, Social Deviance, and Social Problems
Studying Social Deviance and Social Problems in Sport Sociology
Social Deviance and Contemporary Social Problems of Sport
Violence in Sport
Crime, Sexual Violence, and the Criminal Justice System
Doping
Other Problems in Sport: Gambling, Fixing, and Hazing
Conclusion: Controlling Sports-Related Social Deviance and Problems in a Changing World
Sport and Higher Education
Historical Background
Assessing the Justifications for College Athletics
Organization and Stratification of College Athletics in the United States
From the AIAW to NCAA Women's Sports
Beyond the AIAW: Gender Equity and the Financial Arms Race in College Athletics
The Business of College Athletics
Athletics and Education: The Student-Athlete
Public Perceptions of U.S. College Athletics
Conclusion: Cycles of Reform and Change in College Sports
The Professional Sports Industry and Sports Careers
The Golden Triangle and the Global Power Network in Professional Sports
Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Professional Sports Leagues
The Numbers: Franchise Values, Money, and Professional Sports
Sports Monopolies, Fans, and the Evolution of Sports Stadiums
Global Expansion in the Global Sports Marketplace
Professional Sports Careers
Risk, Pain, and Injuries in the Lives of Professional Athletes
Conclusion: Professional Athletes, Professional Sports, and Change in the Global Cultural Economy
Notes
Sport, Politics, and the Future
Concepts of Power and the Politics of Sport
Theoretical Perspectives and the Politics of Sport
Politics and Sport: Government Power and the Political Uses of Sport
National Governments and the Governance of Sport
Sport, International Relations, and Wars without (and with) Weapons
Politics of the Olympics: Ideals and Realities
The Olympics as a Stage for Politics
Sustaining the Olympic Myth for Inspiration and Profit
Sport as Contested Terrain: Politics of Access in Sport
Sport as Contested Terrain: Challenging Sport and the Golden Triangle
Sport, Green Politics, and the Future
Conclusion: Contemporary Forces of Change and the Future of Sport
Notes
References
Index
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