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UGA KINS 2010 - Key Themes in the Sociology of Sports

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Key Themes in the Sociology of SportsWhy Study Sport?Sports are connected to major social institutions: family, politics, education, religion, and economySports is a contested terrainSports informs cultural ideology (how we dress)Sport activities and images are interwoven into our daily livesSport media content is pervasive in our cultureSport reflects, reinforce, and sometimes provides resistance to dominant culture beliefsGender, class, race, sport and education, sport and globalizationGender and SportTwo areas of concern:Participation and equity issues: players, coaches, and administratorsParticipation Issues: in 1972, only 295000 girls competed in high school sports. Whereas 3.67 million boys didRichard Nixon father of women’s collegiate sports? Why?Title IXBy 2010-11, the number of girls playing had risen to 3.2 million and the number of boys 4.5 millionIdeological issues: dominant ways of thinking about gender differences-the prevalence of “gender logic”Battle of the Sexes? - tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King: Billy Jean beat him badlyGender IdentityTransgendered athletes are an increasing presence in sport and transforming ideas about sportsKye Allum is a biological female who prefers to be referred to as a maleTranssexual Athletes: Fallon Fox is the first known transsexual athlete in MMAKINS 2010 1st Edition Lecture 13 Outline of Last Lecture I. Sociology of Sporta. Definition of Sociologyb. Social worldII. Sporta. Play v. Dramatic SpectacleIII. The Sociology of Sport IV. Ideologies a. Dominant Ideologyb. Gender Ideologyc. Race Ideologyd. Class IdeologyOutline of Current Lecture I. Why Study Sport?II. Gender and Sporta. Participation and equity Issuesb. Ideological IssuesIII. Gender IdentityCurrent LectureThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute. Key Themes in the Sociology of Sports Why Study Sport?- Sports are connected to major social institutions: family, politics, education, religion, and economy- Sports is a contested terrain - Sports informs cultural ideology (how we dress)- Sport activities and images are interwoven into our daily lives- Sport media content is pervasive in our culture Sport reflects, reinforce, and sometimes provides resistance to dominant culture beliefs- Gender, class, race, sport and education, sport and globalization  Gender and Sport Two areas of concern:- Participation and equity issues: players, coaches, and administratorso Participation Issues: in 1972, only 295000 girls competed in high school sports. Whereas 3.67 million boys did Richard Nixon father of women’s collegiate sports? Why? Title IX By 2010-11, the number of girls playing had risen to 3.2 millionand the number of boys 4.5 million- Ideological issues: dominant ways of thinking about gender differences-the prevalence of “gender logic”o Battle of the Sexes? - tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King: Billy Jean beat him badly Gender Identity- Transgendered athletes are an increasing presence in sport and transforming ideas about sports o Kye Allum is a biological female who prefers to be referred to as a male - Transsexual Athletes: Fallon Fox is the first known transsexual athlete in


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