TAS217 Theory and Globalisation in the Sociology of Sport

Teacher responsible:

Dr. Garry Robson, prof. UJ

Brief course description:

This course will cover the key theoretical approaches to the study of sports as social phenomena and exemplars of cultural globalization. We will explore some of the most notable, and belated, attempts to take sport seriously as a subject of social and cultural and analysis; theoretical approaches will be combined with empirical case studies of particular sports. The course aims to provide participants with an opportunity to engage with and evaluate examples of applied social theory, and gain new insights into their own interests and experiences in the realm of sport. The key themes are social theory, modernity, nationalism, social identity and globalization

Aims:

The course aims to provide participants with an opportunity to engage with and evaluate examples of applied social theory, and gain new insights into their own interests and experiences in the realm of sport. The key themes are social theory, modernity, nationalism, social identity and globalization.

Content:

1. Introduction: Theorising Sport

2. Sport and ideology

3. Sport and embodiment

4. Gender identities and sexuality in sport

5. Race, ethnicity and intolerance in sport

6. Sport, the crowd and ritual

7. Sport, physical education and socialisation

8. The globalisation of soccer

9. The dynamics and spread football hooliganism

10.Cricket: empire, nationalism and globalisation

11. Boxing, social change and cultural identity

12. The commercialisation and commodification of sport.

Reading list:

Giulianoti, R., Sport: A Critical Sociology,  chapters 1-2
Sheard, K., ‘Boxing in the civilising process', in Dunning, E. et al (eds) Sport Histories: Figurational Studies in the Development of Modern Sport
Hoberman, J., Sport and Political Ideology, chapter 4
Jarvie, G., Sport, Culture and Society: An Introduction, chapter 10
Giulianotti, Chapter 5
Campos, C., ‘Beating the Bounds: The Tour de France and National Identity', International Journal of the History of Sport, 23,1
Giulianotti, R. and Gerrard, M., ‘Cruel Britannia? Glasgow Rangers, Scotland and ‘Hot' Football Rivalries', in Giulianotti, R. and Armstrong, G. (eds) Fear and Loathing in World Football                                            
Sandvoss, C., A Game of Two Halves: Football, Television and Globalization, chapter 5
Bairner, A., Sport, Nationalism and Globalization, chapter 5
Guttmann, A.   ‘Why baseball was our national game', in From Ritual to Record