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Sports in Society : Issues and Controversies (9TH 07 - Old Edition)by Jay Coakley
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Sports in Society is the definitive text for the sport sociology course. Taking a global, issues-oriented approach to the study of the role of sport in society, this text encourages the discussion of current sports-related controversies and helps students develop critical thinking skills.
Book News Annotation:
In this textbook, Coakley (U. of Colorado, Colorado Springs) outlines the role of sport in society, using sociology as a lens. Chapters, which present sociological research and theory, are organized around issues and their relationships to everyday life, including the economy, religion, the media, politics, class, race, and gender. Aimed at college students who have not taken courses in sociology or sport-science, this edition has been rewritten and updated in terms of statistics, and shortened by placing additional materials on the related website. Additions include boxes that address sports and people with disabilities, discussions of health and obesity and deviance, more on performance-enhancing substances, player-fan violence and sexual misconduct, gender ideology, genetic issues, media rights, and other topics. Coakley's objective is to make sports more democratic and accessible. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Jay Coakley is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He received his Ph.D and M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Sociology and received his B.A. from Regis College (Denver). He is published in a wide range of journals and has edited several books including the Handbook of Sports Studies with Eric Dunning for Sage Publications, and given many presentations around the world. He has served on the editorial board for the Sociology of Sport Journal where he was editor for many years. He is currently on the editorial board of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Table of Contents
1 The Sociology of Sport: What is it and why study it?
3 Studying the Past: Does it help us understand sports today?
5 Sports and Children: Are organized programs worth the effort?
7 Violence in Sports: How does it affect our lives?
9 Race and Ethnicity: Are They Important in Sports?
11 Sports and the Economy: What Are the Characteristics of Commercial Sports?
13 Sports and Politics: How Do Governments and Globalization Influence Sports?
15 Sports and Religion: Is It a Promising Combination?