This book introduces the fundamentals of sport sociology and social issues in sport for students of physical education (PE) and coaching. It provides an accessible, jargon-free foundation for understanding the relationships between sport, education, and wider society that puts into context the reader's applied studies in PE and coaching.
Drawing on cutting-edge research, this book examines core topics in the study of sport and society, including the origins of sport, sport education, sport as business, commodification, globalisation, sport and health, sport and the media, gender, migration, and Indigenous people in sport. Throughout this book, in-depth ‘commentary’ pieces look closely at particular pieces of research that illustrate the sociological themes being examined, from the impact of sport media on school children to the effects of hegemonic masculinity in rugby.
This book is invaluable reading for any course on sport and society, physical education, sports coaching, or sport development.
1 The origins of sport
2 Sport sociology
3 Sport as education vs Sport as business
Professionalism vs Amateurism in New Zealand Club Rugby
4 The commodification of sport
5 The globalisation of sport
Indigenous Australians’ transitioning into the NRL and AFL
6 Sport, health, and sponsorship
The influence of media–sport on Australian
8 Sport and gender
Disrupting hegemonic masculinity in high-school rugby
9 The anti-social foundations of lifestyle sports
Waves for wellbeing and surfing in middle age
With Nick Maitland
10 Transnational athlete migration