Psychology and Sociology in Sport Studies

Authored by: Brett Smith , Kerry R. McGannon

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829731
eBook ISBN: 9780203404065
Adobe ISBN: 9781134116621


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The aim of this chapter is to promote scholarship that works at the intersection between the psychology and sociology of sport. By ‘working at the intersection of these two disciplines’, we mean to suggest scholarship that connects or draws from both psychological and sociological traditions and literatures to examine a specific topic. Lest we suffer from amnesia and forget our rich disciplinary histories, such scholarship has been suggested for over 100 years. Outside of sport, classical thinkers, such as Mead, Goffman, Garfinkel, Foucault, and Habermas, have stressed connections between sociology and psychology. In so doing, psychological knowledge and the sociological imagination have been greatly enhanced. Despite such benefits, within sport scholarship there is a paucity of work situated at the intersection of psychology and sociology.

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