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Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies, 13th Edition

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13th Edition

1260571408 · 9781260571400


Sports in Society provides a comprehensive introduction to understanding the issues and controversies surrounding sports in society. Coakley delivers a critical approach toward sports related issues with an emphasis on social class, race, and ethnicity within the sports world. 


1. The Sociology of Sport: What Is It and Why Study It?

2. Producing Knowledge About Sports in Society: How is Knowledge Produced In the Sociology of Sport?

3. Sports and Socialization: Who Plays and What Happens to Them?

4. Sports for Children: Are Organized Programs Worth the Effort?

5. Deviance In Sports: Is It Out of Control?

6. Violence in Sports: How Does It Affect Our Lives?

7. Gender and Sports: Is Equity Possible?

8. Race and Ethnicity: Are They Important in Sports?

9. Social Class: Do Money and Power Matter in Sports?

10. Age and Ability: Barriers to Participation and Inclusion?

11. Sports and the Economy: What Are the Characteristics of Commercial Sports?

12. Sports and the Media: Could They Survive Without Each Other?

13. Sports and Politics: How Do Governments and Global Political Processes Influence Sports?

14. Sports in High School and College: Do Competitive Sports Contribute to Education?

15. Sports and Religions: Is It a Promising Combination?

16. Sports in the Future: What Do We Want Them to Be?

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