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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From May 30 to June 2, 2017, NTSU staged the annual world congress for the International Sociology of Sport Association.
Dr Paul Davis, a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport at the university, argues the ban is denying talented female footballers "access to the highest competitive opportunities available".
International Review for the Sociology of Sport 55(1), 5-20.
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.
This volume would also make a great addition to increasingly popular undergraduate courses such as sociology of sport, sport and recreation management, and surveillance studies.
An oft-cited (http://journals.humankinetics.com/AcuCustom/Sitename/Documents/DocumentItem/9366.pdf) paper published in the "Sociology of Sport Journal" in the mid-'90s suggested that athletes were drawn to gambling because of a "spill over" of competitive motivation.
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. Theories, methods, applications, The mother of fools is always pregnant.
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.
Smith, E., 2009, Sociology of Sport and Social Theory, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Il, p.197-199.