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Sport in Society
Vol. 10, No. 4, July 2007, pp. 646661
The Denationalization of Sport:
De-ethnicization of the Nation and
This essay prese
Gender & Sports I: Is
cheerleading a sport?
September 19th & 22nd, 2014
What is gender?
Answer: it is the social ordering of relations between men
Relations can refer to concrete interactions between individual men
Relations can re
MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN
Making Baseball Competitive
In this short piece by Andrew Zimbalist, the economist explains clearly how legislative and
judicial decisions and nondecisions can affect very fundamental aspects of a sportin t
Sport as a Social Institution
Me: Dr. Linus Huang
(Drop-In) Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30-5:30 PM
Office Location: 434 Barrows Hall
All readings will be available in PDF format on
the course bCourses site in the READIN
Creating the 'Pure' Athlete:
Discourses on Steroid Use and Prohibition in Sport
The 1976 Olympics in Montreal ushered in the modem era of drug bans in
athletics: it was the first Olympic competition to prohibit steroids, largely in
Discourses of Deception: Cheating in Professional Running
Peter G. Mewett
Social and International Studies, Deakin University
Cheating, it is claimed, is anathema to sport. But is this the case? In this paper it
is argued that cheating is integral to mode
The GlobalSpreadof Cricket
Thisarticleexploresthe dynamicsof cross-nationalculturaldiffusionthroughthe study
of a case in whicha symbolicallypowerfulcultu
Social institutions in sports
September 15th & 17th, 2014
What are we up to here?
The Moneyball question: Why is a financially
less-endowed team like the Oakland Athletics
able to compete with much wealthier teams?
Our 117 quest
Why is college sports
so popular in the U.S.?
September 29th, 2014
College sports in the U.S.:
1) Why did college sports become so popular in the U.S.
when its virtually absent everywhere else in the
2) Is big-time college sport
SUPPORTERS, FOLLOWERS, FANS,
A Taxonomy of Spectator Identities in Football
This article presents an interesting typology of sports spectators. Richard Giulianotti argues that, with the enormous changes in the p
Building gender equality in
college sports: Title IX
October 10th & 13th, 2014
1) Who plays college sports?
2) Do the revenue sports subsidize all other
3) Does Title IX reverse discriminate against
Title IX (1972)
Amendment to Civ
Race and Sports
October 15th & 17th, 2014
What is race?
Answer: It is a way that society gives
meaning to skin color.
Three issues for race and sport
1) Does race matter for who is good at sports
and who isnt? (Gladwell)
2) Sport as a target for a drive f
Why are some sports
September 24th & 26th, 2014
Gender & Sports, redux
Gender: ways in which society confers different
meanings to being a male vs. being a female.
Last time: The very definition of what constitutes
a sport entails cultura
What is the role of athletics on
October 1st - 8th , 2014
The agenda: how to understand the
emergence of big-time college
athletics as an increasingly separate
world from the rest of campuses.
Our 117 strategy: Look at the institution of
Why did the N.F.L. overtake M.L.B.
as Americas #1 sports league?
October 24th, 27th, 29th, 2014
Recap: from cranks to fans
Teams attached to cities
Stable local publics: Fans will
loyally follow the home team,
year in, year out.
Institutional Analysis of Sports
September 5th & 8th, 2014
The rules of the production and consumption of
sports are not simply given by necessity.
They are constructed through interactions between
social groups. The production and consumption
What is the sports product
that fans consume?
The role of sports leagues
October 20th & 22nd, 2014
October 22nd & 24th, 2014
The 2011 Major League Baseball (MLB)
30 teams divided into two leagues, the National League (NL) and
Lecture 9/24 and 9/26
Gender and Sports, redux
-Gender: ways in which society confers different meanings to being a male vs being a
- Last time: the very definition of what constitutes a sport entails cultural
understandings of appropriate behavio
to deviance in sports
P.G. Mewett, Discourses of Deception
B. Sluggett, Creating the Pure Athlete
November 7th, 10th, 12th, 2014
What is deviance?
Answer: The violation of social rules.
How do sociologists study deviance?
The Political Economy of Sports
October 31st - November 5th, 2014
What do sports teams/leagues need?
1) They need labor (players).
2) They need customers (sports fans).
3) They need a sports venue (stadiums).
Markets provide these, thus exposing sports
Globalization & Sport
original schedule: Nov. 19th-24th, 2014
reality: Nov. 21st & 24th + Dec. 1st, 2014
Question: What is a sociology of
sports globalization about?
Answer: It is about the social significance of the
nation-state to the sports world.
Putting Things Together:
Sports and Fandom
Original schedule: Dec. 1st, 3rd, 5th, 2014
Reality: Dec. 3rd & 5th, 2014
Fandom is both a social
and an individual thing
the sports fan
Fandom is cultural cons
The cultural diffusion of sport
November 14th & 17th, 2014
November 17th & 19th, 2014
Why are some sports popular in
a country and not in others?
What social processes are
in need of explanation?