Synopses & Reviews
In Sociology of North American Sport
, authors Sage and Eitzen--both former athletes and coaches--offer a compact yet comprehensive and integrated perspective on sport in North American society. Bringing a unique viewpoint to the subject, the authors analyze and, in turn, demythologize sport. This method promotes an understanding of how a sociological perspective differs from common-sense perceptions about sport and society, helping students to understand sport in a new way.
New to This Edition
* Offers an expanded explanation of sociological theories and their relevance to sport
* Includes updated content and references on sports academies, the changing role of parents and coaches in youth sports, and youth sports as "traveling leagues"
* Provides an updated analysis of the socioeconomics of sport
* Examines significant developments in high school and intercollegiate sports--changes that make them more commercial and place increasing pressure and stress on coaches and athletes
* Highlights recent trends in the social problems of sport, including violence, substance abuse, eating disorders, and gambling
* Discuses new social media forms and their relevance to contemporary sport
* Expands the focus on diversity, including additional information on Native Americans, Latinos, Asians, and other minority groups in relation to sport; recent opportunities for and achievements of minority and female athletes, coaches, and sports organizations; and the influence of globalization on promoting diversity
* Features new "Thinking About Sport" boxes, tables and figures, and photos throughout, as well as updated web resources at the end of each chapter
About the Author
D. Stanley Eitzen
is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Colorado State University.
George H. Sage is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Kinesiology at the University of Northern Colorado.
Table of Contents
1. The Sociological Analysis of Sport in North American
2. Social and Cultural Sources for the Rise of Sport in North America
3. Sport and North American Culture and Values
4. Youth and Sport
5. Interscholastic Sport
6. Intercollegiate Sport
7. Social Problems and North American Sport: Violence, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, and Gambling
8. Sport and Religion
9. Sport and Politics
10. Sport and the Economy
11. Sport and the Mass Media
12. Sport, Social Stratification, and Social Mobility
13. Racial-Ethnic Minorities and Sport
14. Gender in North American Sport: Continuity and Change
15. Contemporary Trends and the Future of Sport in North America