- Peter Craig - University of Bedfordshire, UK
Sociology of Sport | Sociology of Sport
Sport Sociology provides a comprehensive overview for any student taking a course on the subject at college or university, including both established and emergent themes, from issues around power, diversity and consumerism through to newer topics such as the digital environment and climate change – both now covered in new individual chapters.
Other chapters have been fully revised to include up-to-date literature and case studies, as well as new key terms and reflective tasks. A new ‘Key Thinker’ box feature included in each chapter introduces readers to an esteemed theorist relevant for the chapter topic to help link theoretical concepts to practice and offer up suggestive research directions for student assessment.
‘Sport Sociology responds perfectly to the needs of students examining the growing importance of sport in society. Its ability to locate sophisticated, theoretical debates within an applied and accessible setting offers students a most comprehensive introduction to this subject field. ‘
‘This highly accessible text provides a valuable learning resource with which to develop students' sociological imagination and critical thinking skills, both of which represent essential preparation for successful careers in the sport and leisure industry. A particularly welcome feature of this new edition is the increasing significance given to the global context within which sport and societies now operate.’
'The latest edition of Sport Sociology offers an important update to the original text. Specifically the chapters focusing on sport in the digital age and sport climate change and sustainability offer insights into topics that are at the forefront of the future critical sociological study of sport worlds. By including contributions with his colleagues at the University of Bedford, Peter Craig has expanded the text and highlighted the diverse and interesting teaching and scholarship that is undertaken at his institution.'
Craig uses an explicit pedagogical approach in which he emphasizes critical thinking and makes a concerted effort to raise critical questions for students to consider. Each chapter contains learning objectives, a list of key terms, a summary, a mini case study, student reflection tasks, and a key thinker section. Nearly all of these are well chosen and designed to break up chapter text, engage readers, and (importantly) provide instructors with projects that can be assigned to students. For example, the “reflection tasks” and “mini case studies” push students to use what they are reading in the text as a guide for seeking additional sources and making sense of real world sport situations.
An excellent theoretical focus on issues within sport in the digital age.
A very good text, building upon many of Peter Craig's previous work.
This is a very useful text. I can use it for a number of sport sociology modules taught across the undergraduate programme. Very clear, assessable style for students.
Clear learning outcomes for each chapter that can be used to support teaching sessions. In addition the Student Reflection Tasks are very useful to use in teaching sessions alongside the chapter.
Good range of relevant, up to date (emerging) topics as well as providing sections on the foundation themes to sports sociology.
Interesting read and the format makes the learning clear with student activities and reflection
Sample Materials & Chapters
Sport Sociology: Sport’s Organisation and Governance
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Sport Sociology