306 pages | 16 B/W Illus.
In Great Expectations: The Sociology of Survival and Success in Organized Team Sports, sociological analysis proves to be a powerful ally for grasping how the sports world unfolds for team players, providing a range of sociological ideas and concepts that extend throughout the book. The text boxes and class discussion sections help summarize key issues, linking important sociological concepts to the topics at hand. The eight chapters begin with an introduction and then detail athletes’ activities at different stages in their development.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Elite Team Athletes in Sociological Perspective; Chapter 2: In the Beginning: Youth Athletes' Socialization to Team Sports; Chapter 3: The Sometimes Disruptive Adolescent Sports World; Chapter 4: Elite Athletes in Progress: College and Minor-league Programs; Chapter 5: The Big Four Major Leagues: Play at the Competitive Pinnacle; Chapter 6: Maringal Pro Leagues; Chapter 7: Stars Who Weren't Suppsoed to Make It; Chapter 8: Minimizing the Mania