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Chapter 2 Sport Sociology Theories
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Objectives To discuss the role of theories To consider different theoretical approaches for analyzing sports To consider the common ground between different traditions of social thoughts and sports To reject the notion of neutral or value-free sports
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Max Weber “Sociology attempts an interpretive understanding of action in order thereby to explain its course and consequences”
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Why Social Theories? Tools for understanding social structure, institutions, and processes Paradigm/organized systematic perspectives for understanding social world Guide us in asking and answering questions and formulating conclusions Raise awareness/actions for change
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Common Social Theories Marxism feminism post-modernism cultural studies social anthropology positivism structuralism post-colonialism
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Why Do We Need Different Social Theories? To view, analyze, and interpret social life from culturally diverse positions / multiple perspectives Contested concepts : justice, rights, equality, authority, and poverty Systematic and consistent ways of explaining social complex phenomena Warning against uncritical ideologies as a form of universalism
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Sporting texts Popular texts written from the standpoint of critical thinker, sociologist, historian, geographer, anthropologist, feminist, economist, or political scientist using concepts and theories as a basis for explaining and understanding sport as part of social life
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Sport Fluid boundaries of the knowledge Not values-free Not neutral social, cultural or political contexts Multitude of different ways of thinking about the human world
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Rationalism / Idealism Vs. Empiricism Are human social processes radically different from those encountered in the natural world? Is our knowledge of such processes radically
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