The Sociology of Sports

(Revised First Edition)
Edited by Brandon Lang
©2020, 402 pages

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    The Sociology of Sports explores the sociological significance of sports in the United States and around the world. The anthology features diverse readings and perspectives that illustrate the important role of sports in the lives of millions of people.

    The text is organized into six sections. The first provides an overview of the main theories used to shed light on social behavior and explains sports sociology. The second examines how sports perpetuate race, class, gender, and religious inequality. Section Three explores the positive and negative effects of technology on sports. Section Four includes descriptions and analyses of recent trends in youth and amateur sports, while Section Five considers changes in fan and player behavior over time. The final section discusses how sports shape and are shaped by politics and the economy.

    The revised first edition features more robust introductions for Sections Two and Five, which now provide increased coverage on social class, the Black Lives Matter movement, and relevant current events. Chapters 18 and 20 have been updated to include new information on the relocation of professional sports franchises and sweetheart stadium deals, as well as updates on fantasy sports.

    Accessible and interesting, The Sociology of Sports alerts readers to legitimate concerns about sports while also celebrating the positive role that sports play in health and community building.

    Brandon Lang earned his Ph.D. in sociology at North Carolina State University. He is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice at Bloomsbury University. Dr. Lang’s areas of interest include the sociology of sports, and community, public, and environmental sociology. His writing has appeared in numerous journals including Culture and Agriculture, Technology in Society, and Journal of Environmental Education. Dr. Lang is a member of the International Sociology of Sport Association and the Eastern Sociological Society.
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