Sport in America Thinking Sociologically about Sports Dr Lara Killick
Lecture Overview <ul><li>Instant Replay </li></ul><ul><li>What is Sociology? </li></ul><ul><li>Sociological assumptions </...
Student Learning Outcomes <ul><li>By the end of this class you will be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define Sociology </l...
Instant Replay  Any questions about Sakai site? Any questions about course handbook? Any questions about course calendar? ...
Investigating Sports & Sporting Bodies Psychological Physiological Pedagogical Biomechanical Sociological Organizational
What is sociology?  Sociology is: “ the study of social life, including all forms of social interaction and relationships”...
Sociological assumptions <ul><li>Basic sociological assumptions: </li></ul><ul><li>We are social beings </li></ul><ul><li>...
Thinking sociologically about sports In this class we will be engaging our “sociological imaginations” (Mills, 1956: 1) an...
Asking sociological questions.. Power  relations: Thinking  critically  about sports Private Troubles, Public Issues :  Lo...
Sociological Theories (1) Theories are simply a vantage point or lens through which to view social life.  <ul><li>They: </...
Sociological Theories (2) <ul><li>There are many different types of sociological theories. These include: </li></ul><ul><u...
Recap What is sociology? What are the core assumptions of a sociological perspective and how can I apply them? What is the...
In the next class… Development of Modern Sport Reading & Reading Guide: See Course Handbook and Sakai
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  1. 1. Sport in America Thinking Sociologically about Sports Dr Lara Killick
  2. 2. Lecture Overview <ul><li>Instant Replay </li></ul><ul><li>What is Sociology? </li></ul><ul><li>Sociological assumptions </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking sociologically about sport(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging our Sociological Imaginations & asking Sociological Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Sociological Theories </li></ul>
  3. 3. Student Learning Outcomes <ul><li>By the end of this class you will be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define Sociology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the core assumptions of a sociological perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask sociological questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain the role of sociological theories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the major sociological theories </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Instant Replay Any questions about Sakai site? Any questions about course handbook? Any questions about course calendar? Any questions about assignments? Any questions about the readings?
  5. 5. Investigating Sports & Sporting Bodies Psychological Physiological Pedagogical Biomechanical Sociological Organizational
  6. 6. What is sociology? Sociology is: “ the study of social life, including all forms of social interaction and relationships” (Coakley, 2003: 4) <ul><li>Sociologists: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examine social life in context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Map out the connections between our lives and broader social worlds and processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critically examine the world we live in </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Sociological assumptions <ul><li>Basic sociological assumptions: </li></ul><ul><li>We are social beings </li></ul><ul><li>We live in social worlds </li></ul><ul><li>We create, sustain and change the social forms within which we live our lives </li></ul>Each discipline makes assumptions about individuals, sports and society = building blocks of discipline N.B: Within sociology there are several different theoretical positions, each of these has a further set of underlying assumptions.
  8. 8. Thinking sociologically about sports In this class we will be engaging our “sociological imaginations” (Mills, 1956: 1) and exploring sports from a sociological perspective: What does this mean? Debate & Discuss: Great athletes are made and not born. Debate & Discuss: Colleges and High Schools should offer Girls’ Football
  9. 9. Asking sociological questions.. Power relations: Thinking critically about sports Private Troubles, Public Issues : Looking beyond the individual and personal performances towards the ways in which sports reflect and reproduce social problems, issues and concerns. Developing knowledge about sports to provide social commentary and/or effect change Debunking myths about sports Explore the ‘reality’ of sports: Looking past the rhetoric at how sports are rather than how they ought to be
  10. 10. Sociological Theories (1) Theories are simply a vantage point or lens through which to view social life. <ul><li>They: </li></ul><ul><li>guide our thinking </li></ul><ul><li>encourage us to focus on particular aspects of social life </li></ul><ul><li>provide us with tools to understand the complex social worlds in which we live </li></ul><ul><li>enable us to make informed decisions and recommendations about sports and sports participation in our lives, communities and societies </li></ul>Theorizing involves a combination of description, reflection and analysis.
  11. 11. Sociological Theories (2) <ul><li>There are many different types of sociological theories. These include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Functionalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marxism (a.k.a conflict theory) & neo-Marxism (a.k.a critical theory) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feminisms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Figurational theory (a.ka. process sociology) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbolic Interactionism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post-modernism </li></ul></ul>Each theory gives us a different perspective from which to study the relationship between sports and society.
  12. 12. Recap What is sociology? What are the core assumptions of a sociological perspective and how can I apply them? What is the role of sociological theory? What are the names of the major sociological theories?
  13. 13. In the next class… Development of Modern Sport Reading & Reading Guide: See Course Handbook and Sakai

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