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Sport, Theory and Social Problems: A Critical Introduction Paperback – 17 Jun 2010

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"This is a long overdue book. Anderson uses his astute analytical skills to tell us about the sports we play as everyday, amateur athletes. In well written chapters, he explains why we value those sports and how they influence our identities, ideas, and actions. Most important, he opens our eyes to problems that deserve our attention as we seek exciting experiences in competitive sports organized in our schools and communities. Students will learn to critically reflect on the sports that they or their friends care so much about." – Jay Coakley, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Colorado 

"Most of us accept uncritically that sport has positive consequences for participants and society. It does, but there is another reality as well. This book challenges the conventional beliefs about sport by examining critically the negative side of sport. Through the creative application of social theory and empirical research, Eric Anderson shows the role of sport in justifying power relationships, promoting male hegemony, marginalizing women, reproducing stereotypes, and elevating violence." –D. Stanley Eitzen, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Colorado State University

About the Author

Eric Anderson is an American sociologist at the University of Bath, UK. He is well known for his research on sport, masculinities, sexualities, and homophobia. He has authored several books and peer-reviewed articles, including the award-winning In the Game: Gay Athletes and the Cult of Masculinity.

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