Introduction to Part Three

Authored by: Richard Giulianotti

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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In Part Three, we examine how fundamental social divisions are manifested and experienced within sport. For the sociologist, social divisions represent a crucial subject of research: they shape the social experiences and life chances of individuals and social groups, and reflect how societies are organized through frameworks of social stratification and unequal distributions of power. Sociological analysis is enhanced by the application of relevant social theories which critique existing power relations and pursue the radical transformation of social divisions. The most important social divisions for sociologists have been social class, gender, and race; more recently, greater recognition has been accorded to other divisions relating, for example, to sexuality and disability. In Part Three, we examine how these five types of social division – class, gender, race, sexuality, and disability – are played out within sport.

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