In a revised, updated, and considerably expanded new edition of Sport, Theory and Social Problems, authors Eric Anderson and Adam White examine how the structure and culture of sport promotes inequality, injury, and complicity to authority at the non-elite levels of play in Anglo-American countries. By introducing students to a research-led perspective on sport, it highlights the operation of power, patriarchy, and pain that a hyper-competitive sporting culture promotes.
Each chapter includes at least one key social theory, which is made accessible and pragmatic. The theory is then infused throughout the chapter to help the student engage with a deeper understanding of sport. In addition to examining how sport generates otherness, distracts children from education, and teaches the acceptance of emotional and physical violence, this new edition also examines how organized, competitive sport divides us by race, denies children the right to their own governance, and promotes brain trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy in those who are too young to consent to play contact sports.
Sport, Theory and Social Problems: A Critical Introduction is an essential textbook for any sport studies degree with a focus on the sociology of sport, sport and social theory, children’s health and wellbeing, or sport and gender studies.
Table of Contents
1. Why We Value Organized, Competitive Sport
2. Sport’s Use in Teaching Obedience to Authority and Complicity to Abuse
3. Learning to Accept, Inflict, and Enjoy Violence and Injury
4. Head Games: Brain Injuries and Youth Sport
5. The Governance of Youth Sport: Rights, Representation and Consent
6. Sport’s Use in the Maintenance of Class
7. Sport’s Use in Stratifying Men
8. Sport’s Use in Marginalizing Women
9. Sport’s Use in Subordinating Racial Minorities
10. Sport’s Use in Excluding, Reproducing Stereotypes, and Othering
11. Changing Sport