Sport in Contemporary Society: An Anthology, 8th Edition
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NEW EDITION COMING IN TIME FOR FALL 2011 COURSES!
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? Do they know that racism continues in sport? What about the ways in which sport perpetuates 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 this selection of accessible writings by journalists and scholars who represent a new era of critical appraisal of sports--both professional and amateur. The essays transcend many prevalent stereotypes and myths; they also yield fascinating and important insights into the nature of society. Twenty-one articles presented here are new to the eighth edition, reflecting the latest trends and analysis, including overzealous competition, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the role of media, and the influence of money in both professional and school athletics. This edition is essential reading in courses on sociology of sport and on the foundations of physical education.
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