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The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction by Tim Delaney, Tim Madigan

By Tim Delaney, Tim Madigan

In its moment variation, this booklet takes a clean method of the research of activities, featuring key strategies similar to socialization, economics, gender, race, ethnicity, faith, politics, the media and the position of activities in society. The authors provide a severe exam yet spotlight additionally the various beneficial properties of activities. each one bankruptcy concludes with a favored tradition part, exhibiting how movies, tv, games, tune and brief tales have contributed to our knowing of activities' importance to our lives. different positive aspects contain updated information—such as facts on participant and proprietor salaries—and a glance at contemporary controversies in activities, corresponding to performance-enhancing medicines, household violence, on-line playing and the growing to be trouble over concussions and post-career illnesses. the price of activities for individuals with actual disabilities and exact wishes is mentioned, in addition to the improvement of activities stories courses and the continued value of "sportsmanship." the ultimate bankruptcy explores how social media, in addition to new varieties of digital fact and the superiority of video gaming, are reshaping the concept that of what constitutes a game.

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The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction

In its moment variation, this ebook takes a clean method of the learn of activities, providing key ideas reminiscent of socialization, economics, gender, race, ethnicity, faith, politics, the media and the position of activities in society. The authors provide a serious exam yet spotlight additionally the various good points of activities.

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Functionalists recognize that certain behaviors cause a disruption in the system—they are labeled dysfunctional acts. Robert Merton (1910–2003) was the first sociologist to articulate the potential dysfunctional features of certain aspects of the social system. Merton stated that dysfunctional aspects are those which disturb the normally functioning social system. Furthermore, Merton argued that aspects of the social system may be functional for some, but not for others. For example, it is common for sporting events to be held during national holidays.

That’s the biggest thing” (Hochman 2013). Koufus’s comments not only reflect the systems approach but also the idea of interdependent parts working together for the great good of the entire system. There are in fact, millions of stories like the two described above about the importance of playing within the system. If any one aspect of the functionalist perspective stands above the rest to highlight the relevancy of this theoretical approach it is the social system component. There are a number of criticisms of the functionalist approach, including: (1) it fails to explain social change and it stresses structure over process; (2) functionalism is better suited to deal with static structures; (3) the conservative nature of functionalism is often criticized as an inefficient way to study a society that is fluid; and (4) while functionalism stresses the importance of shared societal values, it ignores the interests of people (Delaney 2014).

Systems have parts, or subsystems. , a sports team). “Reduced to the simplest possible terms, then, a social system consists in a plurality of individual actors interacting with each other in a situation which has at least a physical or environmental aspect” (Parsons 1951: 5). Importantly, the social system is designed to continue to exist even when some individual members leave. For example, as members of a college sports team graduate, transfer, or drop out, they are replaced by other individuals.

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