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Social Issues in Sport 3rd Edition-Loose-Leaf Edition

Social Issues in Sport 3rd Edition-Loose-Leaf Edition


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    Loose Leaf

    This is the loose-leaf version of Social Issues in Sport, Third Edition, which offers students an affordable, printed version of the text. Other binding options are listed on the right side of the page.

    Social Issues in Sport, Third Edition, explores common questions and issues about sport and its relation to society through various sociological and cultural lenses. Author Ronald Woods draws on a lifetime in sport as a participant, observer, fan, teacher, coach, administrator, and critic to explore historical perspectives and complex relationships that have emerged between sport and our modern society. The text’s engaging writing style, full-color design, and ample learning tools keep students engaged.

    Social Issues in Sport, Third Edition, remains grounded in practical application and follows the framework of the previous editions to provide social theories through which students may examine real-world issues. Updated statistical information allows students to analyze trends in participation, popularity, gender, race, and class as they relate to sport. The third edition alsofeatures the following enhancements:
    • New “Applying Social Theory” activities in each chapter that foster an understanding of social theories that ground the subject area
    • Updated “Activity Time-Out,” “Expert’s View,” “Pop Culture,” and “In the Arena With . . .” sidebars that offer a contemporary context to which students can apply the concepts in the text
    • Increased emphasis on emerging issues such as sport for development and peace as well as the growing role of electronic media
    • Updated instructor ancillaries that provide assistance in lecture preparation and give instructors new ways to engage students and reinforce concepts found throughout the text
    Social Issues in Sport, Third Edition, is divided into four parts, maintaining the student-friendly format and accessibility of previous editions. Part I presents the framework for study through defining terms and presenting six crucial social theories that are used throughout the rest of the text. Part II addresses various forms of participation in sport, from spectator to participant, recreational to professional, and explores sport marketing and commercialization, as well as the close relationship between sport and media. In part III, the role of sport programs and player development, from youth to intercollegiate, as well as the crucial role of sport coach and its many responsibilities. Part IV delves into sport and culture, focusing on social classifications and their powerful effects on sport participation.

    Ancillary materials are available to aid instructors using this text in the classroom. An updated instructor guide includes chapter summaries, student objectives, chapter outlines, and additional student activities. A test package, chapter quizzes, and presentation package provide instructors with support for lecture preparation and tools to ensure that students remain engaged.

    Social Issues in Sport, Third Edition, provides the foundations for examining the multifaceted roles of sport and physical activity in society and for studying sport from a critical perspective. The information and many activities used throughout the text invite students to understand and evaluate the sociocultural issues raised by sport and relate these themes to their own lives. Through this in-depth examination of sociocultural issues, students will be able to understand and appreciate the development of sport as a part and reflection of the development of society.


    An introductory textbook for courses in sociology of sport, social issues in sport, sport in society, and social aspects of sport; a professional reference for sport researchers.

    Table of Contents

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    Part I. Studying Sport in Society
    Chapter 1. What Is Sport and Why Do We Study It?
    Sport Through the Ages
    Definition of Sport
    Study of Sport
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 2. How Do We Study Sport?
    Research Methods
    Social Theories
    Current Status of Sport Sociology
    Chapter Summary
    Part II. Scope and Effect of Sport on Society
    Chapter 3. Participants Versus Spectators
    Sport Participants
    Factors Affecting Sport Participation
    Trends in Sport Participation
    Sport Spectators
    Trends in Spectator Sports
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 4. Business of Sport
    Sport and the Economy
    Ownership in Professional Sport
    Sport as Monopoly
    Collegiate Sport as Moneymaker
    Recreational Sport as a Business
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 5. Media and Sport
    Evolution of Sport Media
    Interplay of Sport and Media
    How Sport Affects the Media
    Ideology of Sport Through the Media
    Careers in Sport Media
    Chapter Summary
    Part III. Sport as an Institution
    Chapter 6. Youth Sport
    History of Youth Sport
    Sponsors of Youth Sport
    Privatization of Youth Sport
    Current Status of Youth Sport
    Organized Youth Sport
    Why Kids Participate—and Stop Participating—in Sport
    Burnout in Youth Sport
    Reforms for Youth Sport
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 7. Coaching Sport
    Influence of Coaches
    Status of Coaching
    Coaching at Different Levels of Sport
    Coaching Personality
    Challenges for the Future of Coaching
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 8. Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Sport
    Interscholastic Sport
    Collegiate Sport
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 9. International Sport
    Globalization of Modern Sport
    U.S. Influence on World Sport
    Olympic Games
    Media Effects on the Globalization of Sport
    Nationalism Versus Economics
    Athletes and Coaches as Migrant Workers
    Using Sport for Better World Understanding
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 10. Olympic Movement
    History of the Olympics
    Effect of the Olympic Games
    Nationalism and the Olympic Movement
    United States Olympic Committee
    Athlete Development
    Chapter Summary
    Part IV. Sport and Culture
    Chapter 11. Sporting Behavior
    Sporting Behavior at Different Levels of Sport
    Youth Attitudes
    Development of Moral Values
    Moral Values Applied to Sport
    Moral Values Taught Through Sport
    Strategies for Good Sporting Behavior
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 12. Race, Ethnicity, and Sport
    Classifications of Race and Ethnicity
    Sport Participation Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities
    Sport and Promoting Equality
    Minorities as Sport Leaders
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 13. Women and Sport
    Historical Role of Women
    Women and Sport Before Title IX
    Title IX
    Women and Sport After Title IX
    Social Issues in Women’s Sport
    Global Status of Women in Sport
    Barriers for Women in Sport
    Media Coverage of Women’s Sport
    Golden Age of Sport Reborn
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 14. Social Class and Sport
    Social Class
    Social Class and Sport Activity
    Control of Amateur and Professional Sport
    Class Mobility in Sport
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 15. Special Populations and Sport
    Americans with Disabilities Act
    American Association of People with Disabilities
    Sport Participation for Athletes With a Physical Disability
    Sport Participation for Athletes With a Mental Disability
    Sport Participation for Older Athletes
    Issues for Special Populations in Sport
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 16. Religion and Sport
    Religion and Sport in History
    Christian Influence on Sport
    Sport and Religions Other Than Christianity
    Use of Religion in Sport by Athletes
    Use of Sport by Athletes to Promote Religious Beliefs
    Use of Religion by Coaches, Organizations, and Owners
    Organizations Using Sport to Promote Religion
    Using Sport to Promote Christian Colleges and Secondary Schools
    Conflict Between Sport and Religion
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 17. Politics and Sport
    Government Promotion of Physical Activity and Health
    Government in Sport
    Government  Promotion of Identity and Unity Among Citizens
    Nationalism and Sport
    Sport and the Promotion of Social Values
    Politics Within Sport
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 18. Development Through Sport
    Benefits of Sport and Physical Activity
    Benefits of Sport at Various Ages
    Development Programs for Children and Youth
    International Outreach Through Sport
    Peace Initiatives Through Sport
    Potential Funding Sources for Sport Development Programs
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 19. Violence and Rule Breaking in Sport
    Rule Breaking
    Emotion and Sport
    Aggression and Sport
    Violence in Sport
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 20. Deviance and Sport
    Performance Enhancement Through Drugs
    Eating Disorders in Sport
    Hazing in Sport
    Gambling and Sport
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter 21. Future Trends in Sport
    Social Trends
    Conflict Between Performance Sport and Participation Sport
    Effects of Social Changes
    Effects of Spectatorship
    Effects of Technology
    Effects of the Electronic Media
    Will Sport Change?
    Who Will Lead the Way?
    Who Will Fight for Change?
    Chapter Summary
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Ronald B. Woods, PhD, is an adjunct professor of health science and human performance at the University of Tampa. He was a professor of physical education and men’s tennis coach at West Chester University in Pennsylvania for 17 years and was inducted into their athletic Hall of Fame. He has more than 40 years of experience as a professor, coach, and sport administrator.

    Woods also spent 20 years with the United States Tennis Association and was the first director of player development, a program that assisted in the development of top junior players into successful playing professionals. He was also honored by the International Tennis Hall of Fame with their Educational Merit Award in 1996.

    He has been honored by the United States Professional Tennis Association as National Coach of the Year in 1982 and named a Master Tennis Professional in 1984. A lifelong member of SHAPE America, Woods was a member of the U.S. Olympic Coaching Committee for eight years and the Coaches’ Commission of the International Tennis Federation.


    “This accessible volume will be a useful resource for those new to the many domains of sport.”

    Choice (review of first edition)

    “Enhanced with the inclusion of a four page Glossary; a twenty-two page list of References; and an eight page Index, "Social Issues In Sport" is very highly recommended for both community and academic library Sports & Athletics reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.”

    -The Midwest Book Review


    All ancillaries are free to course adopters and available at

    Instructor guide. Includes a sample syllabus and a list of supplemental resources.

    Test package. Sample test questions include multiple-choice and essay.

    Chapter quizzes. Includes review questions for each chapter that instructors can use in their lessons to gauge student comprehension. Compatible with learning management systems, these quizzes offer easy grading and record keeping for instructors.

    Presentation package. Includes PowerPoint slides for instructor use that outline the text in a lecture-friendly format. These slides can be edited, rearranged, inserted into pre-existing presentations, or distributed as handouts in class.

    The presentation package is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4925-1148-9