Sport and Peace: A Sociological Perspective

Paperback | March 8, 2012

byBrian Wilson

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Series: a href=""Themes in Canadian Sociology/aEngaging and accessible, Sport and Peace: A Sociological Perspective takes a fresh, innovative look at the nuanced and controversial relationship between sport and peace. Although sport is heralded as a powerful tool for social good, drawing attention to causes such as conflict resolution, HIVprevention, environmental initiatives, and improved international relationships, it also continues to reflect and reproduce social inequalities in ways commonly overlooked by those invested in the sport-for-peace movement. Divided into five parts, the text examines current literature in the fieldsof sport and peace through the lens of critical social theory while introducing students to all sides of this complex debate and proposing practical solutions for the future.

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Series: a href=""Themes in Canadian Sociology/aEngaging and accessible, Sport and Peace: A Sociological Perspective takes a fresh, innovative look at the nuanced and controversial relationship between sport and peace. Although sport is heralded as a powerful tool for social good, drawing attention to causes...

Brian Wilson is a sociologist and professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. In addition to authoring Sport and Peace: A Sociological Perspective, he is author of Fight, Flight or Chill: Subcultures, Youth and Rave into the Twenty-First Century (McGill-Queen's: 2006) as well as various articles and c...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.49 inPublished:March 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to the Study of Sport, Sociology, and Peace1. Critiquing Sport, Transforming Sport: An Introduction to the Study of Sport, Sociology, and PeaceIntroduction: The Many Sides of SportCritiquing Sport, Transforming SportLinking Sport and Peace"Sport"' and "Peace" as Floating SignifiersAddressing Social Inequality: The Underlying ThemeLooking Ahead: A Warning and an Opportunity2. Theory, Sport, and Peace: Tools and Lenses for Seeing Sport in ContextIntroduction: Difference Lenses, Different InterpretationsDifferent Lenses, Different InterpretationsSeeing Sport Up-Close and In Context: Race for the Cure and Why Theory is ImportantThe Questions We Ask and the Theories We UseSport, Cultural Studies, and HegemonyMichel Foucault and Critiques of HegemonyAn Underlying Problem and a Way ForwardCritical Theories and Contextual Cultural StudiesMaking a Difference In and Through SportPart II: Exploring the New and Old Politics of Sport and Peace3. Sport, Diplomacy, and NationalismIntroduction: An "Old" Politics of SportIntroducing and Contesting "the Nation"Sport and Nation-Building in Divided SocietiesReflecting on Sport, Unity, and CommunitySport, Nationalism, and International DiplomacyPublic Diplomacy and Serious DiplomacyReflections on Sport, Diplomacy, and the Nation4. Sport, Global Politics, and PeaceIntroduction: Sport, Globalization, and a Vision of the FutureA "Global" Politics of SportThe Decline of the Nation: Setting the Stage for Neo-liberalism and Intensified GlobalizationGlobalization and the Sociology of SportGlobalization, Peace, and Democracy: Contemplating the Golden Arches Theory of Conflict PreventionReflections on TheoryOther Understandings of Globalization: Looking AheadPart III: Peace Activism, Peace Education, and a Sporting Praxis5. Pursuing Peace From Below: Sport, Social Movements, and (Ironic) ActivismIntroduction: A History of and Opportunities for Sport-Related ActivismSport and Social Movements: BackgroundBut What Is Activism, and What Are Social Movements?Different Perspectives on Sport and Social MovementsAlter-Globalization, and SportLife Politics, Lifestyle Politics, and SportThe Success of Movements: Political Opportunity and Resource MobilizationDo Movements Matter?: Hegemony, Ironic Activism, and Reflections on TheoryLooking Ahead6. Pursuing Praxis: Peace Education, Critical Pedagogy, and the Sociology of SportIntroduction: "Educated Hope" and the Influence of Paulo FreireConscientization, Praxis, and the Sociology of SportSo What Is Peace Education?Sport, Cultural Studies, and Critical PedagogySome Sport-Related Critical Pedagogical PracticesPerformance and Critical (Sporting) PedagogiesLow Income Women, Recreation, and Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR)Functionalism, Prevention, and a Sociological Imagination?: Exploring Sport Programs Designed to Support Underserved YouthAn Extended Case Study of Theory Meeting Practice: The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) ProgramUsing Theory to Link MVP with Other Strategies for Change: Sport Media and Anti-Violence EducationEvaluating ChangeEducator and/or Public Intellectual? Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Sociologist of SportPart IV: Key Topics and Pressing Concerns in Sport and Peace: International Development, the Environment, and Media7. Reflections on Intervention and Imperialism in the Sport for (International) Development and Peace IndustryIntroduction: Exploring Tensions around Sport and International DevelopmentSport-in-International Development: What It Looks Like and What It IsDefining International Development"On the Ground" with Sport for Development and Peace ngos: Connecting Theory and PracticeRemaining Cautious about SDP WorkTo Intervene or Not to Intervene8. Sport, the Environment, and Peace: Debates and Myths about Carbon-Neutral SportIntroduction: Sport and Green BusinessSport, Environmental Issues, and Peace: An OverviewThe Sociology of Sport and Environmental IssuesModernism, Sport, and Perspectives on the "Human and Non-human" RelationshipSustainability and the Ecological Modernist ResponseSport, the Environment, and Neo-liberalismA Closer Look at Ecological Modernization and Sport: The Case of "Carbon-Neutral" Sport EventsReflections on Sport, the Environment, Power, and Privilege9. Towards a Sport for Peace Journalism?: Problems and Possibilities in Sport MediaIntroduction: A Challenge for (Sport) Journalists and Introducing Peace JournalismSport Media, Peace and Conflict: Themes in the Sociology of SportWhat Are the Implications of Sport-War Connections?A Nuanced Sport Media: Some Reflections and Warnings, and a Way ForwardIs a Sport-for-Peace Journalism Possible?Peace Studies, Journalism, and the Sociology of Sport: A Way ForwardPart V: Conclusion10. Six Summary Arguments and a Minor Utopian VisionThemes in Sport, Sociology, and Peace: A Set of Concluding ArgumentsAnd Where Do We Go From Here? Reflections on Social Change and Strategies to Achieve ItFinal Thoughts: Imagining and Pursuing Minor Utopias and Structural Renewal in and Around SportReferencesIndex

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