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Reflections on Process Sociology and Sport
'Walking the Line'

ISBN 9781138115651
Published May 24, 2017 by Routledge
240 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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.