Sportsmanship

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

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About the Book

Sportsmanship is a broad concept: ethics, fairness, honor and self-control. Some people find it difficult to define what makes a “good sport,” but state “I know one when I see one.” This collection of new essays brings together the work of more than two dozen contributors from around the world who teach sportsmanship in a range of academic disciplines including sociology, psychology, economics, education, kinesiology and applied athletics. Topics include the moral ambiguities of cheating; recreation in prison; ethics and character formation; coaching perspectives; gender; race; and the portrayal of sportsmanship in film. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About the Author(s)

Tim Delaney is a professor and department chair of sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego. He sponsors an annual sportsmanship day symposium and recently co-created a sports studies program. He lives in Auburn, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Tim Delaney
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 300
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9803-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2380-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv
Introduction 1
Part A: Good Sportsmanship and Poor Sportsmanship
Sportsmanship: A Sociological Perspective (Tim Delaney) 7
Being a Poor Sport (Verner Møller) 21
Understanding Doping as “Cheating” from the Perspective of History (Ian Ritchie) 31
Cheating in Sport: Its Meanings and Moral Ambiguities (Danny Rosenberg) 42
Sports, Leisure and Recreation in Prison (Tim Delaney) 53
Ethics and Character Formation in Sports: A Philosophical Perspective (Tim Madigan) 66
Part B: Learning About Sportsmanship
Sport Participation and Sportsmanship in Youth Sport (Tanyika Mobley) 77
Emphasizing Sportsmanship in Youth Sport (Todd Harrison) 87
Sportsmanship and Cognitive Psychology (Stephen A. Wurst) 100
Sportsmanship Case Study: Reaching for Team Selection in High Performance Sport at the Price of Sportsmanship (Cíara Losty) 109
Ideals of Sportsmanship Throughout History (Seán Moran) 118
Amateurism and Professionalism: Sportsmanship and the Irish (Jean McArdle) 130
Warrior, Patriot, Statesman: Irish Sportsmanship and Irish Identity (Denis Brennan) 141
A Coaching Perspective on Sportsmanship (Christopher Parks) 153
Sportsmanship from a Referee’s Perspective: A Case Study of Four Sports (Tom Webb and Mike Rayner) 162
Francis Ouimet and Sportsmanship in Golf (Chris Mack) 173
Trust and Training: Sparring Norms and Sportsmanship Among
Brazilian ­Ju-Jitsu Practitioners (Rick A. Matthews and Stephen Lyng) 185
Part C: Sportsmanship and Social Institutions
Man Up? Gender and Sportsmanship On and Off the Field (Evelyn A. Clark) 199
The Economics of Sportsmanship (Clair Smith) 212
Sportsmanship in Question: The Impact of Professionalism and Commercialization on the Ethos of Sport (Barry Smart) 222
Race, Sports and Poor Sportsmanship (Earl Smith and Angela J. Hattery) 234
Sportsmanship and Sports Journalism (Brian Moritz) 245
Football on Film: The Portrayal of Sportsmanship (Laura Finnegan and Jean McArdle) 255
Part D: Sportsmanship and Its Role in Sports in the Future
The Future of Sportsmanship: A Narrative Expression of ­In-Group Support and Respect in the Postmodern Sport of Mountain Biking (Kieren McEwan) 269
Sportsmanship and the Future: Parting Thoughts (Tim Delaney) 281
About the Contributors 287
Index 289

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “the volume smartly addresses an underlying, fundamental aspect of modern sports that has largely gone unnoticed. This is a significant contribution to the field of sports sociology and a comprehensive resource for future scholars interested in this topic. Highly recommended”—Choice
  • “excellent…highly recommend…. I commend McFarland for publishing this much needed book”—AETHLON: The Journal of Sport Literature