1st Edition

Sociology of Sport and Physical Education An Introduction

By Anthony Laker Copyright 2002
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    This text, intended for undergraduates on various education and sport related degree courses, covers the key, current issues in the field of sociology of sport and physical education. The first section of the text covers the importance of sport in culture, its theoretical background, and methodological issues in research. The main body of the text then discusses issues including the sporting body, participation and socialisation into sport, the hidden curriculum, critical pedagogy, and sport and the media. Laker discusses in depth gender, race and ethnicity, class, and equality, and he looks at sport and the media, and the involvement of politics. The chapters are each rounded off with challenging 'reflection' questions, activities and tasks for the reader to fulfill.

    1. The Importance of Sport in Culture 2. Theoretical Background 3. Methodological Issues in Research 4. Gender 5. The Sporting Body 6. Race and Ethnicity 7. Class, Discrimination, and Stratification 8. Equality 9. Participation and Socialisation into Sport 10. Hidden Curriculum 11. Critical Pedagogy 12. The Globalisation of Sport 13. Sport and the Media 14. Political Involvement in PE, Sport & Recreation


    Anthony Laker is Degree Director in Physical Education in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at East Carolina University in the USA.