In a revised, updated, and considerably expanded new Sport, Theory and Social Problems, 2nd edition, (PDF) authors Adam White and Eric Anderson examine how the structure and culture of sport promotes injury, inequality, and complicity to authority at the non-elite levels of play in Anglo-American countries. By introducing college students to a research-led perspective on sport, it highlights the operation of patriarchy, power, and pain that a hyper-competitive sporting culture promotes.
Each chapter includes at least one key social theory, which is made accessible and pragmatic. The theory is then infused throughout the chapter to help the student engage with a deeper understanding of sport. In addition to examining how sport generates otherness, distracts children from education, and teaches the acceptance of emotional and physical violence, this new 2nd edition also examines how organized, competitive sport divides us by race, denies children the right to their own governance, and promotes brain trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy in those who are too young to consent to play contact sports.
Sport, Theory and Social Problems: A Critical Introduction 2e is an essential textbook for any sport studies degree with a focus on the sociology of sport, sport and social theory, children’s health and wellbeing, or sport and gender studies.