ERIC Number: ED126076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb-26
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Social Problems in Athletics; Essays in the Sociology of Sport.
Landers, Daniel M., Ed.
This book is an outgrowth of a conference on "Sport and Social Deviance," attended by people interested in the newly emerging interdisciplinary area concerned with the social scientific analysis of sport, play, and games. This anthology, which has contributions from many different authors, is intended to provide social scientists, physical educators, and others interested in the sociology of sport with an understanding of selected social problems in athletics. The first section deals with social-psychological dimensions of competition. The preliminary framework for a theory of competition and a desirable form of competition for young children are discussed. The second section addresses itself to aspects of deviance in sport. The problems that may occur when the structure of competition changes from a play-like encounter to the highly institutionalized form of modern day competitive sport are discussed with emphasis on cheating, hustling, and violence in hockey. The next section is entitled, "Racial Discrimination in Sport." Much of the emphasis is upon the black athlete; his struggles and achievements in sports. The final section deals with sport and new left criticism. In this section, the sport and youth counterculture, political attitudes and participation in extracurricular activities, and the athletic group as an emerging deviant subculture are examined. This section also questions whether and to what extent the athlete, formerly the all-American idol, has tumbled from his revered position in the eyes of a new generation of counterculture youth. (SK)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Antisocial Behavior, Athletes, Athletics, Cheating, Competition, Racial Discrimination, Social Problems, Social Psychology, Sportsmanship, Values, Violence
University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois 61801 ($12.50)
Publication Type: Books
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