The widespread assumption that sport is, inherently, a force of good despite the fact that it can both empower and humiliate, build bonds and destroy them, blur boundaries and marginalize. SPKN is hosting the conversation around the new realities of sport in our culture.
Everyone is a sucker for a good fairy tale. What about a myth? Watch as Meg and Dr. Coakley debunk the great sports myth that society has promoted since the origin of sport.
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 affect 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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Coakley, J. J. (1990). Sport in society: Issues and controversies (No. Ed. 4). CV Mosby Company.
Coakley, J. (2011). Youth sports: What counts as “positive development?”. Journal of sport and social issues, 35(3), 306-324.
Coakley, J. (1992). Burnout among adolescent athletes: A personal failure or social problem?. Sociology of sport journal, 9(3), 271-285.
Dorsch, T. E., Smith, A. L., Blazo, J. A., Coakley, J., Côté, J., Wagstaff, C. R., ... & King, M. Q. (2020). Toward an integrated understanding of the youth sport system. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 1-15.
Coakley, J. (2021). The future of sports and society: a reflection and call to action. In Research Handbook on Sports and Society. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Harrison, C. K., & Coakley, J. J. (2020). Hip-Hop and Sport—An Introduction: Reflections on Culture, Language, and Identity. Sociology of Sport Journal, 37(3), 166-173.
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.