This book recognises sociology of sport as an important subject area for general sociologists to consider as a rich area of research possibility, while also exposing sport sociologists to the social theories that have built up the general discipline. This new book exposes readers to the thinking of great sociologists such as Weber, Mills, Denzin and Elias. It also explains and applies established social theories into sport contexts, including Tiger Woods' dominance, institutional logic within the NCAA and the melding of sport and religion. Utilising major scholars in both sociology of sport and the general discipline of sociology, this book explains and applies established social theories into sport and physical activity contexts. Chapter authors masterfully give the reader a clear understanding of the development of the most pertinent social theories as they relate to sport and then apply those theories to some of the most pressing issues in contemporary sport.
Whether readers want to read this book in its entirety for an extensive treatment of sociological theory, or dip into it as a guide for understanding the theoretical basis for studies they read or initiate themselves, this book will be a valuable reference.
Earl Smith is a research scientist in the area of sport sociology. He has over 20 years of university level teaching on courses dedicated to the sociology of sport and has an outstanding research record in this specific area. Earl is also a past President of North American Society for Sociology of Sport (NASSS).
Chapter 1. Towards a Sport; Chapter 2. Figurational Sociology and the Sociology of Sport; Chapter 3. Beyond the Sociological Imagination; Chapter 4. The Sociology of Science; Chapter 5. Sport and Urban Development; Chapter 6. Using the Theory of Institutional Logics to Examine Big-Time College Sport; Chapter 7. Sport, Religion, and the Double-Movement of Secularization in America; Chapter 8. Feminist Theory and the Study of Sport; Chapter 9. Race, School Attachment, and the Role of High School Sports; Chapter 10. Race, Class and Gender Theory; Chapter 11. Masculinities and the Sociology of Sport: Issues and Ironies in the 21st Century; Chapter 12. Getting Girls in the Game; Chapter 13. Mundanity of Excellence; Chapter 14. Making It.