Sport: A Critical Sociology

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Polity, 2005 - Social Science - 267 pages
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In this lively new book, Richard Giulianotti provides a critical sociological interpretation of modern sport. As global festivals such as the Olympic games and football's World Cup demonstrate, sport's social, political, economic and cultural significance is becoming increasingly apparent across the world. Its popularity alone means that sociologists cannot ignore sport.





Chapter-by-chapter, Giulianotti offers a cogent examination of a range of widely taught sociological theories and issues that relate to sport. These include functionalism, Weberian sociology, Marxism, postmodern sociology, and globalisation. The author's use of an international range of case studies and research, about a wide variety of sports, helps to make his account especially accessible to undergraduate readers. 'Sport: a critical sociology' will therefore have strong appeal to upper-level undergraduates on courses such as sport and leisure studies, cultural studies, and modern social theory.
  

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Contents

Prologue
xi
Religion Integration and Social Order in Sport
1
Meaning and Rationalization in Sport
15
Sport Work Alienation and Ideology
29
Hegemony Theory beyond Resistance
43
Race Ethnicity and Intolerance in Sport
62
Gender Identities and Sexuality in Sport
80
Discipline Conduct and the Pleasures of Sport
102
The Interplay of Figurations
138
Distinction Symbolic Violence and Struggle
153
Premonitions of Virtual PostIndustrial Sport
171
The Politics of Glocal Sport
190
The Critical Sociology of Sport Some Recommendations
210
Notes
218
References
228
Index
254

Valuing Topophilia
121

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About the author (2005)

Richard Giulianotti is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Aberdeen.

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