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Sport Sociology

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May 2010 | 312 pages | Learning Matters
"A welcome addition for those who teach sports studies... Used as a primer, this book provides readers with excellent introduction to the key sociological concepts, methods, and theories, and, also offers useful examples and contextualised discussions that beginners to the realm of sociology will no doubt appreciate. Beedie has compiled for students a good companion text that could certainly be used in conjunction with more detailed books, and, to guide students through more complex academic texts. Students have certainly appreciated Beedie's efforts to help them apply sociological rigour to analysing their sporting worlds, identities and experiences."
- Geoffery Kohe
, Worcester University

"This should be highly useful for any sports studies students who are encountering the sociology of sport for the first time, even those who have previously studied sociology."
- Alison Cain
, Hertfordshire University

Sociology is central to the study of sport in higher education. This reader-friendly textbook introduces all of the subject’s core themes, such as power, diversity and mediation, and relates them to major contemporary social issues such as commercialisation and globalisation.

Special emphasis is given throughout to examples drawn from the UK and to the significance of the 2012 Olympics. Theoretical explanation is fully supported by case studies, practical and reflective exercises and guidance on further study.
 
PART ONE: ON YOUR MARKS: UNDERSTANDING SPORT AND MODERN SOCIETY
 
An Introduction to Sport Sociology
 
Sport and Modernity: an Introduction to the Sociology of Sport
 
Sport, Modernity and the Olympics: a Case Study of the London Olympiads
 
Introduction to Sociological Theories of Sport in Modern Society
 
PART TWO: GETTING SET: KEY SOCIOLOGICAL ISSUES IN THE ANALYSIS OF MODERN SPORT
 
Sport's Organisation and Governance
 
Sport, Physical Education and Socialisation
 
Class and Gender Differentiation in Sport
 
Sport and Diversity: Issues of Race, Ethnicity and Disability
 
PART THREE: GO: ANALYSING CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND THEMES: THE CHANGING WORLD OF SPORT
 
Sport and Consumer Society
 
Sport and the Media
 
Sport in a Global World
 
PART FOUR: NEW GAMES: EMERGENT AND TRANSFORMATIVE FORMS OF SPORT?
 
Sport and the Body
 
Sport and Adventure
 
Sport and Community
 
References
 
Index

A very good chapter on 'sport and adventure'; use it for a direct task for students, utilising the e-book via the library.

Mr Simon Brent
FBSE, Southampton Solent University
February 23, 2015

A useful text that discusses many key themes and topics relevant to sports development /studies courses. Particularly good focus on key debates regarding the Olympic games.

Mr Mark Treagust
Dept of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
October 28, 2014

Very good read and the initial chapter helps frame content and layout for the reset of the book. Looking forward to using this with undergraduate students

Miss Helen Thornalley
Education, St Mary's College
May 24, 2013

This should be highly useful for any sports studies students who are encountering the sociology of sport for the first time, even those who have previously studied sociology.

Mrs Alison Cain
Sport, Health and Exercise, Hertfordshire University
November 8, 2012

A detailed text with relevant information for aspects of the course

Mr Dan Burns
Physical Education , Tresham Institute
May 14, 2012

This book covers a broad range of subjects that will support our students education. Use of real events and activities brings the subject alive for the students.

Emerick Kaitell
School of Education (Froebel), Roehampton University
April 2, 2012

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This is a useful textbook for students who want a overview of sport sociology.
When I teach sports development modules I find the following chapters useful as supplementary reading-

a case study of the London Olympiads,
Introduction to sociological theories of sport in modern society,
sport's organisation and governance,
Sport and diversity, issues of race, ethnicity and disability .
Sport and community

Mr Jim Lowther
School of Sports Studies, Ulster University
January 25, 2012

A welcome addition for those who teach sports studies at the HND or sub-degree level. Used as a primer, this book provides readers with excellent introduction to the key sociological concepts, methods, and theories, and, also offer useful examples and contextualised discussions that beginners to the realm of sociology will no doubt appreciate. Beedie has compiled for students a good companion text that could certainly be used in conjunction with more detailed books, and, to guide students through more complex academic texts. Students have certainly appreciated Beedie's efforts to help them apply sociological rigour to analysing their sporting worlds, identities and experiences.

Dr Geoffery Kohe
Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, Worcester University
December 20, 2011

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Paul Beedie

Paul Beedie is Principal Lecturer in the School of PE and Sport Science at the University of Bedfordshire. His PhD came out of a fascination with the sociology of adventure, and his publications, scholarly activity and teaching all reflect this theme. Paul is currently subject leader for the socio-cultural staff in the School and involved in a range of professional developments including curriculum development and research productivity. More About Author

Peter Craig

Peter Craig is Principal Lecturer in the School of PE and Sport Science at the University of Bedfordshire, where he has acquired extensive experience of teaching and course development. He is currently the programme leader for Sport, Media and Culture. Peter is also a researcher and has published widely on sport sociology. In addition to his academic work, he coaches basketball and athletics. More About Author

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