sociology of sport


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sociology of sport

a subdiscipline of sociology which focuses upon the relationship between SPORT and society. The sociology of sport is concerned with the relationship between sport and other social institutions (the family, education, politics, and the economy), the social organization, social relations and group behaviour associated with different types of sport (e.g. élite or mass, amateur and professional, the class, gender or race relations that sport involves), and the social processes (such as ideological incorporation) that occur in conjunction with sport. Whilst once isolated from mainstream sociology, in recent years it has become more fully integrated. Most research has been conducted in North America, but a sociology of sport also exists in Eastern and Western Europe, in Australia and New Zealand and the UK, as well as in Japan. Leading exponents in the UK have included Norbert ELIAS and Eric Dunning (see Elias and Dunning, 1986), and John Hargreaves (1986). See also LEISURE, POPULAR CULTURE, FANZINES.
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It covers sports law and the sociology of sport, as well as the definition of sports criminology; the history of sports impacted by issues of crime, social control, and criminal justice, such as horse racing, boxing, cricket, and college sports; sports scandals; criminological theories and sport; sports criminal justice; and the role of sport in crime prevention, including whether prevention measures work for womenAEs sports.
While its principal activities and interests will be substantially defined by the theoretical, methodological, and applied research perspectives and traditions of the sociology of sport, the goals of the institute include encouraging, creating, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration in illuminating the substance, dynamics and significance of sport as a factor in social change.
Earl Smith, professor emeritus of sociology at Wake Forest University who has focused largely on the sociology of sport throughout his career, "It is a commonly held myth that the so-called 'revenue-generating sports' of football and men's basketball make a profit and even pay for the other 'lesser' sports like women's softball, volleyball, and track and field.
McPherson BD, Curtis JE and Loy JW, The Social Significance of Sport: An Intro to the Sociology of Sport (Human Kinetics Books 1989)
Newspaper articles and cultural dialogues, Social and cultural anthropology, The sociology of sport.
The study of the ways in which media and sport interact crosses boundaries and can be found in the literature concerned with the sociology of sport, gender studies, cultural studies, journalism and beyond.
2009, Sociology of Sport and Social Theory, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Il, p.
Department of Sport Science, Economics and Sociology of Sport, Saarland University.
Jens Flatau is professor of economics and sociology of sport at the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide a more accessible and innovative approach in the area of qualitative research methods on sociology of sport and physical culture.
In the morning session, Shaikha Naeema Al Ahmad Al Sabah, chairwoman of the Organising Committee of GCC Women's Sports; Raja Mattila of the International Working Group on Women & Sports; Kari Fasting from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences; Melanie Longdill from Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence; and Elizabeth Pike from the International Sociology of Sport Association, will be part of the panel that will discuss EoACAyWomen's sports: Individual will and collective encouragement'.