The Sociology of Sports
An Introduction, 2d ed.
About the Book
In its second edition, this book takes a fresh approach to the study of sports, presenting key concepts such as socialization, economics, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, politics, the media and the role of sports in society. The authors offer a critical examination but highlight also the many positive aspects of sports. Each chapter concludes with a popular culture section, showing how films, television, video games, music and short stories have contributed to our understanding of sports’ significance to our lives.
Other features include up-to-date information—such as statistics on player and owner salaries—and a look at recent controversies in sports, such as performance-enhancing drugs, domestic violence, online gambling and the growing concern over concussions and post-career health problems. The value of sports for people with physical disabilities and special needs is discussed, as well as the development of sports studies programs and the continuing importance of “sportsmanship.” The final chapter explores how social media, as well as new forms of virtual reality and the prevalence of video gaming, are reshaping the concept of what constitutes a sport. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
About the Author(s)
Tim Delaney is a professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego. He teaches environmental sociology classes and is a member of SUNY Oswego’s sustainability studies program. He lives in Auburn, New York.
Tim Madigan is a professor and department chair of philosophy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. A past president of the Northeast Popular Culture Association and a member of his college’s Center for Sustainability, he teaches courses on environmental ethics.
Tim Delaney and Tim Madigan
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 15 photos, glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
Table of Contents
1. The Sociology of Sport 3
2. Social Theory and Sport 26
3. A Brief History of Sport 50
4. The Impact of Sport on Culture 72
5. Socialization and Sport 95
6. Youth Sports 117
7. High School and College Sports 144
8. Deviance in Sport 174
9. Violence in Sport 203
10. Gender and Sport 232
11. Race and Ethnicity in Sport 259
12. Economics and Sport 289
13. Politics and Sport 316
14. Religion and Sport 346
15. The Media in Sport 371
16. What’s Trending in Sports 393
Book Reviews & Awards
• “For a faculty member looking for quality textbooks, Delaney and Madigan’s contribution merits a read-through for consideration.”—Journal of Sport History
• “The authors are well-informed and reasonable, and they write clearly. If this text is not the best on the market, it is at least a contender for the number-one spot. Recommended”—Choice