Chapter-by-chapter, Giulianotti offers a cogent examination of a range of widely taught sociological theories and issues that relate to sport. These include functionalism, Weberian sociology, Marxism, postmodern sociology, and globalisation. The author’s use of an international range of case studies and research, about a wide variety of sports, helps to make his account especially accessible to undergraduate readers. ‘Sport: a critical sociology’ will therefore have strong appeal to upper-level undergraduates on courses such as sport and leisure studies, cultural studies, and modern social theory.
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Chapter One: Durkheimian Elements: Religion, Integration and Social Order in Sport.
Chapter Two: Weberian Trends: Meaning and Rationalization in Sport.
Chapter Three: Marx and Neo-Marxists: Sport, Work, Alienation and Ideology.
Chapter Four: Cultural Studies: Hegemony Theory Beyond Resistance.
Chapter Five: 'Race', Ethnicity and Intolerance in Sport.
Chapter Six: Gender Identities and Sexuality in Sport.
Chapter Seven: The Body: Discipline, Conduct and the Pleasures of Sport.
Chapter Eight: Sporting Spaces: Valuing Topophilia.
Chapter Nine: Elias on Sport: The Interplay of Figurations.
Chapter Ten: Bourdieu on Sport: Distinction, Symbolic Violence and Struggle.
Chapter Eleven: The Postmodern: Premonitions of Virtual, Post-Industrial Sport.
Chapter Twelve: Globalization: The Politics of 'Glocal' Sport.
Epilogue: The Critical Sociology of Sport: Some Recommendations.