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Soc. 505 Fall 2019 Midterm Study GuideWeek 1-What sport sociologist do:oexamine critically the role, function, and meaning of sport in the lives of people and thesocieties they form;odescribe and explain the emergence and diffusion of sport over time and across differentsocieties;oinvestigate the values and norms of dominant, emergent, and residual cultures andsubcultures in sport;oexamine the way in which sport responds to social changes in the larger society; andocontribute both to the knowledge base of sociology more generally and also to theformation of policy that seeks to ensure that global sport processes are less wasteful oflives and resources.owe explore how the exercise of power and the stratified nature of societies place limitsand possibilities on people’s involvement and success in sport as performers, officials,spectators, workers, or consumers;oSo essentially we do a lot of things that regular sociologists to but we do it by looking atdifferent issues in sports.oExamples include doping and PEDs, concussions and their effects on athletes and theirteammates and families, both during and after their playing days, looking at mega-events and their impacts on the communities that host them, the role of race andgender in sport, the influence of new technologies and data science (money ball, corsi),-When sport sociology emerged as a disciplineoTwo major organizations (NASSS and ISSA) started to “to promote, stimulate, andencourage the sociological study of play, games, sport and contemporary physicalculture” in 1980 and 1965 respectivelyoAll kinds of academic journals, conferences and books have been written in the disciplineoSociology of sport classes and Socio-cultural dimensions of sport in Kinesiology programsare really popularWeek 2-Defining Social TheoryoA social theory is: discourse involving an explicit attempt to develop sets of relativelyrigorously defined and compatibleconcepts to describe and analyze society into itselements.oThese includethe complex, sometimes seemingly chaotic, interactions by people andinstitutions that, along with other social relationsoIt also seeks to decide if they differ in their significanceoSocial Theory seeks to understand the nature of these elements - all are not equallyavailable to and are not always easy to see-and how they relate to each other, and tosociety as a whole
o(like class relations and modes of production); a society’s dynamic density; process ofrationalization-together constitute ‘society’.-Gramsciothe ways in which dominant groups maintain intellectual and moral leadership and seekto win the consent of subordinate groups in societyoJuxtapose “a nation that loves sports cannot revolt” withoThe whole capitalist class profits by a system that keeps workers excitedly interested intrivial matters remote from true concerns . . . The brain-numbing narcotic of the sportingpage is perhaps more deadly to the average worker than the more active poison of theeditorial pageoCoercion vs. consento

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Term
Fall
Professor
Dr.NicoleNeverson
Tags
Sociology, Gramsci

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