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SPORT: Readings From Sociological Perspective

Eric; Editor Dunning

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ISBN 10: 0802018599 / ISBN 13: 9780802018595
Published by University of Toronto Press, 1972
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Publisher: University of Toronto Press Date of Publication: 1972 Binding: hardcover Edition: Condition: Very Good Description: Ex UC Berkeley library book rebound by the library into hardcover. A few pages with markings, very minor markings and very few pages. Sociology of sport seeks to understand the part played by sports in society and to unravel the complex social forces which have helped to shape and which are currently leading to transformations in their character. From Table of Contents: Play Element in Contemporary Sports-Johann Huizinga; Dynamics of Sport Groups with Special Reference to Football-Norbert Elias and Eric Dunning; On Bullfights and Baseball-Louis Zurcher and Arnold Meadow; Negroes in Baseball-Robert Boyle; Wrestling-The Great American Passion Play-Gregory Stone, etc. 382pp. Bookseller Inventory # 0013674

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Title: SPORT: Readings From Sociological ...

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Sport is something rather taken for granted and little studied as part of man's and society's behaviour. This collection of essays, many of which appear in print for the first time, provides an international comparative and developmental orientation to the sociology of sport, thereby clarifying the nature of modern sports and their central structural and functional characteristics. The sports treated include football, soccer, rugby, wrestling, baseball, and bull-fighting, and some historical background is given on the development of sport. In the introduction to each section, the editor explains the questions that the selections are intended to illustrate, and treats briefly such matters as theories of sport and play, the social factors in their development, sport and socialization, class and race in sport, sport as an occupation and an industry, and conflict and social control in sport.

This reader will be of interest to those professionally concerned, either as teacher or student, with sociology and physical education, but it should also appeal to athletes, sports-lovers, and sports commentators who like to keep their thinking in good shape too. 

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Eric Dunning is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Leicester, England.

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