Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies

© 2009
by Jay Coakley, Peter Donnelly

2nd Edition 576 Pages Paperback / softback
9780070971844 0070971846
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Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies, Second Canadian Edition is the definitive text for the sociology of sport course. The text's global, issues-oriented approach to the study of sports in Canadian society promotes discussion of current sports-related controversies and helps students to develop critical thinking skills.

Chapter 1 - The Sociology of Sport: What is it and why study it?

Chapter 2 - Using Social Theories: How can they help us to study sports in society?

Chapter 3 - Studying the Past: Does it help us understand sports today?

Chapter 4 - Sports and Socialization: Who plays and what happens to them?

Chapter 5 - Sports and Children: Are organized programmes worth the effort?

Chapter 6 - "Deviance? in Sports: Is it out of control?

Chapter 7 - Violence in Sports: How does it affect our lives?

Chapter 8 - Gender and Sports: Does equity require ideological changes?

Chapter 9 - Race and Ethnicity: Are they important in sports?

Chapter 10 - Social Class: Do money and power matter in sports?

Chapter 11 - Sports and the Economy: What are the characteristics of commercial sports?

Chapter 12 - Sports and the Media: Could they survive without each other?

Chapter 13 - Sports and Politics: How do governments and global processes influence sports?

Chapter 14 - Sports in High School and University: Do interscholastic sport programmes contribute to education?

Chapter 15 - Sports in the Future: What can we expect?

Credits References Name Index Subject Index
New to this Edition

Breaking Barriers These new boxes present issues and controversies associated with sports for people with disabilities. This content provides the vocabulary and examples required to think critically about the exclusion of people with disabilities from sports, and to creatively consider the ways that inclusion might occur now and in the future. Topics include barriers related to technology, language, politics, and socialization.

Retained Features

Canadian Content: The text has been fully revised and updated to provide an overview of sports in Canadian society, including such recent topics as the full-season lockout in the National Hockey League. Each chapter integrates classic and contemporary Canadian research, Canadian examples, and discussion of made-in-Canada solutions to problems in Canadian sports and society. The text has also been condensed to better reflect the length of a typical semester in Canadian universities and colleges.

Global Focus: Sports in Society situates Canadian content in a global context, and makes frequent comparisons between Canada and other countries.

Unique chapter on sports and socialization that examines the actual experience and the consequences of sports involvement, giving students concrete examples of sociological research and its applications.

Visual Appeal: Each photograph, cartoon, figure, and table has been selected to enhance the subject matter and make reading more interesting. More than 140 photos and cartoons, 50 of which are new, illustrate sports in Canadian society.

Suggested Readings: Each chapter concludes with updated references to relevant and interesting books to facilitate student use of published literature to learn about sports in society. Web resources from the first edition of the text have been moved to the Online Learning Centre for ease of updating.

Reflect on Sports boxes: Current controversies in sports and society provide student engagement and multiple points of view. Topics include: child trafficking in sports, hazing and university policy, blood boosting, the odds of becoming a professional athlete, injuries in children's hockey, sport and bilingualism, and planned political violence at sporting events.

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