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Sport in Contemporary Society

An Anthology

Tenth Edition

D. Stanley Eitzen

Publication Date - October 2014

ISBN: 9780190202774

344 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $84.99

A critical sociology of sport anthology edited by a leading scholar in the field

Description

Sports buffs know all about famous players and coaches and can recite statistics in endless detail. But do fans know how sport is linked to other institutions of society? Do they understand the role of sport in socializing youngsters in both positive and negative ways? What about the ways in which sport perpetuates race and gender-role stereotypes in society? How do owners, coaches, and other sport authorities exercise power to maintain control over athletes?

These issues and more are examined in Sport in Contemporary Society, Tenth Edition, a selection of accessible writing by journalists and leading scholars who represent a new era of critical appraisal of sports--both professional and amateur.

New to this Edition

  • Twenty-two new or revised articles and essays, covering such topics as masculinity and sports, mascots and team names, performance-enhancing drugs, and the Penn State scandal
  • Many new pieces are from 2012 and 2013

About the Author(s)

D. Stanley Eitzen is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Colorado State University. He is the coauthor, with George H. Sage, of Sociology of North American Sport, Ninth Edition (OUP, 2012).

Previous Publication Date(s)

June 2011
June 2009
July 2004

Reviews

"Sport in Contemporary Society forces students to think about issues they may never have been exposed to before and serves as a springboard for excellent class discussions."--Jennifer Lukow, High Point University

"The book does an excellent job of presenting issues in the academic study of sports from a sociological perspective. It gives a very wide range of perspectives, both in terms of issues and authors. Students will enjoy both the subject matter (whether or not they care about sports) and the writing styles. This is a great choice for any sociology of sports class."--Buster G. Smith, Catawba College

Table of Contents

    * = New or revised for this Edition
    Each Part ends with For Further Study

    Preface

    Part I: TOWARD A SOCIOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING OF SPORT
    * 1. Sociological Theories and Sport, George H. Sage and D. Stanley Eitzen
    * 2. Sport as a Microcosm of Society, D. Stanley Eitzen
    * 3. The Super Bowl as a Microcosm of Society, D. Stanley Eitzen

    Part II: SPORT AND SOCIALIZATION: ORGANIZED SPORTS AND YOUTH
    4. Play Group versus Organized Competitive Team: A Comparison, Jay J. Coakley
    * 5. The Hidden Demographics of Youth Sports, Bruce Kelley and Carl Carchia
    * 6. High School Sports: An American Obsession, D. Stanley Eitzen

    Part III: SPORT AND SOCIALIZATION: THE MASS MEDIA
    * 7. Reflections on Communication and Sport: On Men and Masculinities, Michael A. Messner
    8. Gender in Televised Sports, Michael A. Messner and Cheryl Cooky
    * 9. ESPN: The Force in Sports, D. Stanley Eitzen

    Part IV: SPORT AND SOCIALIZATION: SYMBOLS
    * 10. New Opposition to Old Sports Mascots, Jim Loewen
    * 11. Language and Gender Inequality: Change and Continuity in the Naming of Collegiate Sports Teams, D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn

    Part V: PROBLEMS OF EXCESS: OVERZEALOUS ATHLETES, PARENTS, AND COACHES

    12. Female Gymnasts and Ice Skaters: The Dark Side, Joan Ryan
    13. Harm to Children in Youth Sports, Mark Hyman
    * 14. Painkiller Abuse by Athletes and Teams, Gregg Easterbrook

    Part VI: PROBLEMS OF EXCESS: SPORT AND DEVIANCE
    * 15. Is Human Enhancement Cheating? The Answer Will Affect Sports, Schools, and the Battlefield of the Future, Brad Allenby
    16. Ethical Dilemmas in American Sport: The Dark Side of Competition, D. Stanley Eitzen
    * 17. Joe Paterno: Death, Remembrance, and the Wages of Sin, Dave Zirin

    Part VII: PROBLEMS OF EXCESS: BIG-TIME COLLEGE SPORT
    * 18. Athletics--Why and at What Cost?, Tony Frank
    19. Is Sports in Your Mission Statement?, Charles T. Clotfelter
    * 20. The Shame of College Sports, Taylor Branch

    Part VIII: STRUCTURED INEQUALITY: SPORT AND SOCIAL CLASS
    21. The Big-Time College Sports Plantation and the Slaves Who Drive It, D. Stanley Eitzen
    * 22. Is Sport a Mobility Escalator? George H. Sage and D. Stanley Eitzen
    23. When Domes Attack, Dave Zirin

    Part IX: STRUCTURED INEQUALITY: SPORT AND RACE/ETHNICITY
    24. Sporting Dreams Die on the "Rez," Kevin Simpson
    * 25. Realities Behind America's Favorite Pastime: The Dominican Republic's Cheap Labor Bazaar for the Major Leagues, Richard Lapchick with Devin Beahm, Giomar Nunes, and Stephanie Rivera-Casiano
    * 26. The 2013 Racial and Gender Report Card: National Football League, Richard Lapchick

    Part X: STRUCTURED INEQUALITY: SPORT AND GENDER
    * 27. Title IX at 40: Examining Mysteries, Myths, and Misinformation Surrounding the Historic Federal Law, Mary Jo Kane
    * 28.Tiger Girls on the Soccer Field, Hilary Levey Friedman
    * 29. The Sanctity of Sunday Football: Why Men Love Sports, Douglas Hartmann

    Part XI: STRUCTURED INEQUALITY: SPORT AND SEXUALITY
    * 30. The Caster Semenya Saga, Dave Zirin
    31. Changing the Game: Homophobia, Sexism, and Lesbians in Sport, Pat Griffin
    32. On the Team: Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student Athletes, Pat Griffin and Helen J. Carroll

    Part XII: EXPANDING THE HORIZONS: SPORT AND GLOBALIZATION
    * 33. The Globalization of Sport, D. Stanley Eitzen
    34. Nike's Crimes, David Macaray
    35. New Media and Global Sports, George H. Sage

    About the Editor

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