SOC 321: Sociology of Sport

Sports as a social institution and cultural phenomenon. Anaysis through social justice lens of processes, patterns, issues, and values. Role in [re] production and transformation of culture and society. [Letter grade.]

This course introduces you to a variety of topics in the sociology of sports, drawing on a wide range of methodological, historical and theoretical perspectives.  It approaches the study of sport as both a social institution and cultural phenomenon, critically examining the processes, patterns, issues, values, and behaviors found in the institution of sport.  The course also explores sport as a vehicle for social change and justice, and the role it plays in producing, reproducing, and transforming culture and society.

Sample Readings

Delaney, Tim and Tim Madigan. 2009. The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction. McFarland.

Zirin, Dave. 2009. A People’s History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play. New Press.

Luther, Jessica. 2016. Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape.

Boycoff, Jules. 2016.  Power Games.  A political history of the Olympics.

Kuhn, Gabriel. 2011. Soccer vs The State: Tacking Football and Radical Politics. PM Press.