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1st Edition

Sociology for Physical Education and Sports Coaching

  • Available for pre-order on March 15, 2023. Item will ship after April 5, 2023
ISBN 9781032445137
April 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
128 Pages

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Book Description

This book introduces the fundamentals of sport sociology and social issues in sport for students of 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, the 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 the 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction,  The Book,  1. The Origins of Sport,  2. Sport Sociology,  3. Sport as Education Vs Sport as Business,  Commentary 1: Professionalism Vs Amateurism in New Zealand Club Rugby,  4. The Commodification of Sport,  5. The Globalisation of Sport,  Commentary 2: Indigenous Australians’ Transitioning into the NRL and AFL,  6. Sport, Health, and Sponsorship,  7. Media-Sport,  Commentary 3: The Influence of Media Sport on Australian Children,  8. Sport and Gender,  Commentary 4: Disrupting Hegemonic Masculinity in High School Rugby,  9. The Anti-social Foundations of Lifestyle Sports,  Commentary 5: Waves for Wellbeing and Surfing in Middle Age,  10. Transnational Athlete Migration

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Richard L Light is Professor Emeritus at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and at The University of Sydney, Australia where he teaches in physical education pedagogy and sport sociology. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and Southern Cross University, and Visiting Professor at Waseda University, Japan. He is an international leader in research on, and the development of, athlete and student-centred coaching and teaching in which he situates learning within larger cultural and institutional contexts. 

Steve Georgakis teaches at the University of Sydney, Australia, in the pre-service physical education teacher education program. His doctoral study was in the history of sport, but over the last two decades he has focused on teaching, and research on Game Sense and other student-centred, inquiry-based approaches to teaching physical education and coaching sport. He also teaches sport sociology.