This updated study of sports and recreation utilizes the most current research, introducing the latest innovations and analyses in new chapters while revising and expanding chapters from the previous edition. Presenting diverse methodological and conceptual approaches, this anthology reflects the current view of sports as a "natural laboratory" for ecologically valid research. This collection contains literature reviews, innovative theories and methods, and essays on various psychological and social aspects of sports, games, and organized play.
"Those with a particular interest in the social psychology of sports will certainly want to read the studies presented in this volume. Serious students of sports in American society, particularly those with a sound psychological or social- psychological orientation in sports, would certainly want to add this volume to their collection"
—Sociology of Sport Journal
Contents: Preface. L.R. Sherrod, J.L. Singer, The Development of Make-Believe Play. G.A. Fine, Little League Baseball as Sport, Play, and Work. D.L. Shields, B.J. Bredemeier, Moral Reasoning, Judgement, and Action in Sport. E.L. Deci, B.C. Olson, Motivation and Competition: Their Role in Sports. T.A. Tutko, Personality Change in the American Sport Scene. C.O. Oglesby, Women and Sport. F. Winer, The Elderly Jock and How He Got That Way. L.R. Sloan, The Motives of Sports Fans. D. Zillmann, J. Bryant, B.S. Sapolsky, Enjoyment from Sports Spectatorship. J.H. Goldstein, Violence in Sports. L. Mann, Sports Crowds and the Collective Behavior Perspective. J.D. Edwards, D. Archambault, The Home-Field Advantage.