The choices society makes about what sports to play and how they move offer valuable insight into society in general. This discussion with Dr. Jay Coakley, about the nature of sport sociology, begins to unpack the complexities of diversity, class, and culture in sport.
Dive even deeper into sport sociology and its significance in the second episode of the series! Prepare for an eye-opening conversation about diversity, social class, and the relation to sports with Dr. Coakley and Meg.
We all live in our own worlds. We create our own individual realms in which we choose to live in, but what role does sport play in these realms? Dr. Jay Coakley defines sport sociology as “the study of social worlds that people create, maintain, and change over time through their interaction with one another through sport.” However, what influence do factors such as gender, race, and social class have on sport as a whole? What influence does sport have on these factors in return?
Tune in to hear Meg and Dr. Coakley dive into the hard-hitting question on the benefits as well as disadvantages of sport and society through a sociological lens. Coakley sheds light on the effect of elite athletics, a monoculture within sports, the great sports myth, and why sport sociology matters!
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Dr. Jay Coakley
Levels of sport
“Study of social worlds”
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McPherson, B. D., Curtis, J. E., & Loy, J. W. (1989). The social significance of sport: An introduction to the sociology of sport. Human Kinetics Publishers.
Giulianotti, R. (2015). Sport: A critical sociology. John Wiley & Sons.
Sage, G. H., Eitzen, D. S., & Beal, B. (2013). Sociology of north American sport (p. 464). Paradigm Publishers.