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ERIC Number: ED180899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar-31
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Sport Sociology and the Discipline of Sociology: Present Status and Speculations about the Future.
Snyder, Eldon E.; Spreitzer, Elmer
The status of the sociology of sport within the discipline of sociology is explored. Review of the subfield since 1971 indicates an increase in the number of publications and communication relating to sport sociology topics. It is hypothesized, however, that sport sociology will not in the near future receive equal acceptance within sociology with other substantive subfields. A 1976 random survey of members of the American Sociological Association to determine relative rank of subfields revealed that sport (including leisure and recreation) ranked 35th out of the 36 subfields listed. Further analysis indicated that members combined their belief that sport sociology has a marginal status in sociology with the conviction that it has the potential for interdisciplinary analysis. Many researchers who develop an academic interest in sport have sport backgrounds, are oriented toward applied sociology, and are comparatively new to the field of sociology. Sport sociology will become more acceptable if researchers become change agents who gain support of opinion leaders within professional organizations and academic departments and if they are able to encourage addition of sport-related topics to the sociology curriculum. It is concluded that sport sociology will not achieve full maturity as a subfield until it attains an identity (specific research area and a group of sociologists who do research on the topic) and is defined by the larger field of sociology as a legitimate area of inquiry. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Boston, MA, August 27-31, 1979)