The Sociology of Sports

An Introduction, 2d ed.


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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.

Bibliographic Details

Tim Delaney and Tim Madigan

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 468
Bibliographic Info: 15 photos, glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9767-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2191-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface  1
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
Glossary  419
Bibliography  429
Index  457

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