Fair and Foul: Beyond the Myths and Paradoxes of Sport

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Expanded and updated, with photos throughout, this second edition explains America's love of sport just as it reveals sport's darker side--the influence of big business, corruption, price gouging, political maneuvering, and media grandstanding. An entirely new chapter explores the myth that sport is 'played on a level playing field,' emphasizing racial and gender inequities unrecognized by many fans and journalists. Eitzen portrays famous and lesser-known events from professional, college, and school sports, including depictions of well known coaches and players, to give us a deeper understanding of what sports means to us and how it affects our everyday world. Ideal for sparking classroom discussion, the first edition was widely read and enjoyed by students of sociology of sport, American society, and other courses.

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D. Stanley Eitzen is professor emeritus of sociology at Colorado State University.

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Excellent . . . a good read for academics and non-academics alike. This is a solid companion to texts in the sociology of sport. (Choice)

This book is an outstanding presentation of the 'fair' and the 'foul,' 'uniting' and 'dividing,' 'healthy' and 'destructive,' and 'expressive' and 'controlled' aspects of athletics in the U.S. . . . The chapters on school sport and big-time college athletes were especially compelling. Eitzen [also] dispels the myth of lifelong financial security among professional athletes. This [assertion] is especially poignant for those not familiar with the sociology of sport literature and provides the basis for a classroom discussion of these issues. (Sociology Of Sport Journal)

The text should be useful for sensitizing students, coaches, athletes to the need for change, and will also appeal to people who are trying to resolve their love-hate relationship with sport. (International Review For The Sociology Of Sport)

Recommended for introductory level courses on sport sociology, American society, and American social problems. (Contemporary Sociology)

With sweeping scope, and through the use of engaging examples, Fair and Foul simultaneously offers constructive criticism of what's wrong with sport, while showing what's right. A must-read! (Chen, Cheng)

This book is an outstanding presentation of the 'fair' and the 'foul,' 'uniting' and 'dividing,' 'healthy' and 'destructive,' and 'expressive' and 'controlled' aspects of athletics in the U.S. . . . The chapters on school sport and big-time college athletes were especially compelling. Eitzen [also] dispels the myth of lifelong financial security among professional athletes. This [assertion] is especially poignant for those not familiar with the sociology of sport literature and provides the basis for a classroom discussion of these issues... (Sociology Of Sport Journal)

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