SOC 655: SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT
T/Th 1:30-3:18 in Ramseyer Hall 336
Professor: Dr. Chris Knoester
Office: 152 Townshend
Office hrs: 3:30-4:30 Tue. and by appt.
Note: e-mail is the best way to contact me.
Debate Notes #1
Do sports build character?
The Great American Football Ritual (Douglas Foley, 1990)
Description: Ethnographic study of the football season of the small south Texas
town and all of the cultural practices that go along
Is title 9 fair?
1. Coakley (2009)
According to the US Surgeon General (1999 a&b) and the World Health
Organization (2007), there has been a significant amount of research confirming
the health benefits of physical activity. People (the population) a
Are college athletes in commercialized sports being exploited?
US News & World Report (2002)-The Contradictions of Big Time College Sports: There was a
brief survey of the history of college sports as well as an analysis of the re
1) Do sports build character?
1. e.g., Helps form one's identity
(e.g., Safai, 2002)
Description of Study (i.e., Methods)
(e.g., interviewed 2000 college students from SOC 655
at large midwestern college, over 4 yrs.)
Description of Study (i.e.
Socialization-Deviance Debate Prep
Note that you are expected to develop arguments for both sides of each debate question based on a)
supplemental readings (i.e., Blumstein & Benedict, 1999; Eccles & Barber, 1999; Foley, 1990; Forbes
et al., 2006; Messner
Deviance and Sport
What is deviance?
Why does deviance occur?
To what extent is it present in competition?
To what extent does it result from sport?
I. Intro to Deviance
Deviance - a violation of
Violence - the use of
may cause harm or dest
Historical Points of Emphasis
Sports have existed in nearly all cultures and
have a number of similarities
Sports can been seen as
Inequalities/exploitation have been apparent
Cultural values are intrinsically tied to a
cultures sports How?
Intro to the Soc of Sport
What is it?
Why study sports?
What makes something a sport?
What theories help us study sports?
I. What is the Soc of Sport?
A. A Sociological Approach
Sociology: a social science that studies society
and human behavior and s