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Reflections on Process Sociology and Sport

'Walking the Line', 1st Edition

By Joseph Maguire


224 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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The book focuses on the distinctive contribution that Joseph Maguire has made to process sociology and the study of sport. Maguire’s work over the past three decades highlights how process sociology has a unique perspective on the relationship between sport, culture and society, and to the body, globalisation and civilisational analysis.

Reflecting on this body of work and the use of process sociology, Maguire captures the research dynamic of ‘walking the line' between involvement and detachment, theory and observation, and engagement and critique. The book is structured around four broad sections: Theory, Sport and Society; The Meaning of Sport, Body and Society; Case Studies in Sport and Process Sociology; Globalisation, Sport and Civilisational Analysis.

Providing an introduction to, and key examples of, a process sociology approach to the study of sport, the body, civilising processes and globalisation, this book will appeal to undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in sport studies / sports science degrees, sociology, cultural studies and to those studying migration, globalisation and cross cultural civilisation relations.

This book was previously published as a Special Issue of Sport in Society.

Table of Contents

Dedication 1. Introduction: Reflections on process sociology and sport: ‘walking the line’ Theory, sport and society 2. Towards a sociology of sport 3. Thinking sociologically about sport 4. Studying sport through the lens of historical sociology and/or sociological history 5. The emergence of football spectating as a social problem The meaning of sport, body and society 6. Human sciences, sports sciences and the need to study people ‘in the round’ 7. Welcome to the pleasure dome?: emotions, leisure and society 8. Body matters: theories of the body and the study of sportcultures 9. Development through sport and the sports – industrial complex: the case for human development in sports and exercise sciences Case studies in sport and process sociology 10. The consumption of American football in British society: networks of interdependencies 11. The global media sports complex: key issues and concerns 12. Globalization, sport and national identities 13. Sport, identity politics, gender and globalization Globalisation, sport and civilisational analysis 14. Power and global sport: zones of prestige, emulation and resistance 15. ‘Civilised Games’?: Beijing 2008, power politics, and cultural struggles 16. ‘Real politic’ or ‘ethically based’: sport, globalization, migration and nation-state policies 17. Branding and consumption in the IOC’s ‘Celebrate Humanity’ campaign

About the Author

Joseph Maguire completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of Leicester and is a past President of the International Sociology of Sport Association and RC 27 of the International Sociology Association. He has published extensively in the area of sport, culture and society. Currently his work focuses on the area of sport and social theory and sport and globalisation, with specific reference to identity, the media, migration, environmentalism and political economy. He is currently on the executive Board of the ICSSPE.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports