1st Edition

Sociology for Physical Education and Sports Coaching

By Richard L Light, Steve Georgakis Copyright 2023
    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    7 Media–Sport


    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

    Nick Maitland


    Waves for wellbeing and surfing in middle age

    With Nick Maitland

    10 Transnational athlete migration


    Richard L Light is Professor Emeritus at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Honourary Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he teaches physical education pedagogy and sport sociology. He is also an 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 focussed 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.