Fair and Foul: Beyond the Myths and Paradoxes of Sport

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 291 pages
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A fifth edition of this textbook is now available. Expanded and updated throughout, the fourth edition explores America's love of sport just as it reveals sport's darker side-the influence of big business, corruption, price gouging, political maneuvering, and media grandstanding. A new prelude draws students into the book by looking at the multiple levels (individual, organized, and professional) and meanings of sport. An entirely new chapter examines children's play and the emergence of adult-centered play as the primary sport experience of children with some undesirable consequences. Other chapters incorporate new information on the participation of women and minorities in coaching and management, new data on the economic inequalities that pervade sports, new information on the ties between businesses and college sports, and new developments in the global recruiting of coaches. Eitzen draws his examples of famous and lesser-known events from professional, college, and school sports, including depictions of well known coaches and players, to give us a deeper understanding of what sport means to us and how it affects our everyday world. Ideal for sparking classroom discussion, the first three editions were widely read and enjoyed by students of sociology of sport, American society, and other courses.
 

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Contents

THE DUALITY OF SPORT
ix
SPORT UNITES SPORT DIVIDES
19
NAMES LOGOS MASCOTS AND FLAGS THE CONTRADICTORY USES OF SPORTS SYMBOLS
41
SPORT IS FAIR SPORT IS FOUL
59
SPORT IS HEALTHY SPORT IS DESTRUCTIVE
83
THE ORGANIZATION OF CHILDRENS PLAY PEER CENTERED OR ADULT CENTERED?
101
SPORT IS EXPRESSIVE SPORT IS CONTROLLED
125
MYTH SPORTS ARE PLAYED ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
145
THE CONTRADICTIONS OF BIGTIME COLLEGE SPORTS
165
THE PATH TO SUCCESS? MYTH AND REALITY
205
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISES PUBLIC TEAMS PRIVATE BUSINESSES
221
THE GLOBALIZATION OF SPORT
243
THE CHALLENGE CHANGING SPORT
261
INDEX
273
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
291
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D. Stanley Eitzen is professor emeritus of sociology at Colorado State University.

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