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Social Issues in Sport (Fourth Edition)

By: Butler, B. Nalani Woods, Ron

1492593850 / 9781492593850
Paperback / softback
Published 08/12/2020
United States
472 pages
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Social Issues in Sport, Fourth Edition With Web Study Guide, introduces students to the study of sport as a social phenomenon.

It explores current trends in sport and examines complex connections between sport and politics, economics, religion, race, gender, youth, and more.

Author Ronald Woods draws on his experience of more than 40 years as a professor, coach, and sport administrator to explore modern sport from historical and cultural perspectives.

New coauthor B. Nalani Butler offers a fresh perspective to the study of sport from an emerging generation of Black female scholars.

She draws on her background as an athlete and professor, and leverages her international experience from working with the Center for Sport, Peace and Society and the International Olympic Academy (IOA).

The text's presentation style, full-color design, and ample learning tools are designed to keep students engaged. Social Issues in Sport, Fourth Edition, addresses the Common Professional Component topics outlined by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

The text remains grounded in practical application and provides opportunities for students to examine real-world issues through the lens of social theory.

The fourth edition also features the following enhancements: A new web study guide offering case studies on current events, video lectures, and essay and multiple-choice questions to support applied learning and encourage critical thinkingIncreased emphasis on emerging issues such as sport wagering, the use of social protest by athletes, sexual harassment of or by athletes, and sport safetyDiscussions on the rise in popularity of esports and on the exploding influence of social media on athletes, spectators, and fansUpdated sidebars that address current topics such as the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on sport, offering a contemporary context to which students can apply the concepts in the textSocial Issues in Sport, Fourth Edition, is streamlined into three parts, maintaining an accessible and student-friendly format that aligns with a 16-week semester.

Part I sets the stage for studying sport from a sociological perspective by defining key terms and presenting crucial social theories.

This section examines participation in sport, from spectators to performers, and explores sport economics through sport management, sport marketing, and sport media.

Part II discusses sport institutions at all levels, from youth sport to Olympic competition.

Part III is devoted to current issues and critically analyzes the effects of gender, race, economic status, religion, and government on sport.

It also offers a detailed look at both ethics and deviance in sport. Social Issues in Sport, Fourth Edition, provides the foundations for critically examining the multifaceted roles of sport and physical activity in society.

The information and activities offered by the text invite students to evaluate the sociocultural issues intertwined with sport and relate these themes to their own lives.

Through this in-depth examination of sociocultural issues, students will be able to understand and appreciate the development of sport as a part and reflection of our society.


JHBS Sociology: sport & leisure

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