Sport in Contemporary Society An Anthology

ISBN-10: 1594517207
ISBN-13: 9781594517204
Edition: 8th 2009
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List price: $69.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
Publication date: 6/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Sports buffs know all about famous players and coaches and can recite statistics in endless detail. But do fans know how sport is linked to other institutions of society? Do they understand the role of sport in socializing youngsters in both positive and negative ways? Do they know that racism continues in sport? What about the ways in which sport perpetuates gender-role stereotypes in society? How do owners, coaches, and other sport authorities exercise power to maintain control over athletes? These issues and more are examined in this selection of accessible writings by journalists and scholars who represent a new era of critical appraisal of sports--both professional and amateur. The essays transcend many prevalent stereotypes and myths; they also yield fascinating and important insights into the nature of society. Twenty-one articles presented here are new to the eighth edition, reflecting the latest trends and analysis, including overzealous competition, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the role of media, and the influence of money in both professional and school athletics. This edition is essential reading in courses on sociology of sport and on the foundations of physical education.

D. Stanley Eitzen(Ph.D. University of Kansas is professor emeritus in sociology from Colorado State University, where previously he was the John N. Stern Distinguished Professor.nbsp; Among his books areSocial Problems(with Maxine Baca Zinn and Kelly Eitzen Smith)andnbsp;Diversity in Families(with Maxine Baca Zinn and Barbara Wells), both of which received McGuffey Awards from the Text and Academic Authors Association for excellence and longevity over multiple editions. He is also the author and co-author of fourSolutions to Social Problemsvolumes with Allyn  Bacon;nbsp;Paths to Homelessness: Extreme Poverty and the Urban Housing Crisis(with Doug A. Timmer and Kathryn Talley);Sociology of North American Sport(with George H. Sage); andFair and Foul: Rethinking the Myths and Paradoxes of Sport.nbsp; He has served as the president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and as editor ofThe Social Science Journal. nbsp; Maxine Baca Zinnnbsp;(Ph.D. University of Oregon) is Professor Emeritusnbsp;in sociology at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon Her main research interestsnbsp;are racial inequality, gender, andnbsp;family life. She is the author and co-author of many other books, includingDiversity in Families (with D.nbsp;Stanley Eitzen and Barbara Wells),Social Problems(with D. Stanley Eitzen and Kelly Eitzen Smith),Women of Color in U.S. Society, Gender Through the Prism of Difference,andGlobalization: The Transformation of Social Worlds. In 2000, she received the ASA Jessie Bernard Career Award. nbsp; Kelly Eitzen Smithreceived her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona.nbsp; She is currently the director of the Center for Applied Sociology and a lecturer at the University of Arizona.nbsp; At the Center for Applied Sociology she has conducted research in the areas of day labor, homelessness, poverty, urban housing and neighborhood development. Her sociological interests include gender, family, sexuality, stratification, and social problems.nbsp; She is also the co-author ofExperiencing Poverty(with D.Stanley Eitzen), andSocial Problems(with D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn).

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Sport as a Microcosm of Society
Sports: An Offer We Can't Refuse
American Sport in the New Millennium
Sport in Society: An Inspiration or an Opiate?
For Further Study
Sport and Socialization: Organized Sports and Youth
Play Group versus Organized Competitive Team: A Comparison
Anyone Up for Stickball? In a PlayStation World, Maybe Not
Boyhood, Organized Sports, and the Construction of Masculinities
For Further Study
Sport and Socialization: The Mass Media
The Televised Sports Manhood Formula
The Male Consumer as Loser: Beer and Liquor Ads in Mega Sports Media Events
For Further Study
Sport and Socialization: Symbols
American Flags as Big as Fields
Old Times Not Forgotten: A Battle over Symbols
The Problems with Native American Mascots
The De-Athleticization of Women: The Naming and Gender Marking of Collegiate Sport Teams
For Further Study
Problems of Excess: Overzealous Athletes, Parents, and Coaches
Female Gymnasts and Ice Skaters: The Dark Side
Swoosh Comes to Shove
One Coaching Style: The Total Control of Coach Bob Knight
For Further Study
Problems of Excess: Sport and Deviance
Ethical Dilemmas in American Sport: The Dark Side of Competition
Male Student-Athletes Reported for Sexual Assault: A Survey of Campus Police Departments and Judicial Affairs Offices
Crime and Athletes: New Racial Stereotypes
For Further Study
Problems of Excess: Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports
Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids: Incidence of Use and Health Implications
Finding the Golden Genes
Outraged over the Steroids Outrage
For Further Study
Problems of Excess: Big-Time College Sport
An Experiment Justified
Everybody Cheats-Just Not My School
The Big-Time College Sports Plantation and the Slaves Who Drive It
For Further Study
Problems of Excess: Sport and Money
The Commercial Beijing Olympic Games
New Deal Lets Colts Rake in Cash: Financial Terms of Team's Pact with Indy Are among the Most Lucrative in NFL
Follow the Money: The Cost of Youth Sports
The Changing Face of the Sports Fan
For Further Study
Structured Inequality: Sport and Race/Ethnicity
Sporting Dreams Die on the "Rez"
The 2008 Racial and Gender Report Card: National Football League
Say It Ain't So, Big Leagues: The Downside for Latin American Players
For Further Study
Structured Inequality: Sport and Gender
Sport and Gender
Who's Playing College Sports? Trends in Participation
The Meaning of Success: The Athletic Experience and the Development of Male Identity
For Further Study
Structured Inequality: Sport and Sexuality
Changing the Game: Homophobia, Sexism, and Lesbians in Sport
Gay Athletes' Dilemma
He Shoots, She Scores: The Story of a Transsexual Sportswriter
For Further Study
Expanding The Horizons: Sport and Globalization
Growing the Game: The Globalization of Major League Baseball
Globalization and Sports: Issues and Controversies
Corporate Globalization and Sporting Goods Manufacturing: The Case of Nike
For Further Study
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