SOC 505 MIDTERM REVIEW
1.What do sports sociologist do?
describe and explain the emergence and diffusion of sport over time and across different
2.When sport sociology emerged as a discipline/subfield
*Defining social theory
A social theory is: discourse involving an explicit attempt to develop sets of relatively rigorously
defined and compatible
concepts to describe and analyze society into its elements.
the complex, sometimes seemingly chaotic, interactions by people and
institutions that, along with other social relations
It also seeks to decide if they differ in their significance
the ways in which dominant groups maintain intellectual and moral leadership and seek to
win the consent of subordinate groups in society
Juxtapose “a nation that loves sports cannot revolt” with
The whole capitalist class profits by a system that keeps workers excitedly interested in trivial
matters remote from true concerns . . . The brain-numbing narcotic of the sporting page is
perhaps more deadly to the average worker than the more active poison of the editorial page
Macro vs. micro perspectives about the sport and social worlds
Microsociolgy is still relatively new and this research, looking at the self and the formation of
identities via sport is still very much a new (well, new-ish) thing.
The text talks about masculinity and the performative aspect of these sorts of dynamics –