Sport and Peace A Sociological Persective (themes in Canadian Sociology Series) available in Paperback
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Over the past decade the social role of sport has received unprecedented attention, as global leaders ranging from politicians to high-profile celebrities have championed sport as a tool for promoting peace. In many areas, sport has successfully drawn attention to such worthy causes as conflict resolution, HIV prevention, environmental initiatives, and improved international relationships. Yet although sport can be a powerful tool for social good, it continues to reflect and reproduce social inequalities in ways commonly overlooked by those invested in the sport-for-peace movement. In this timely new analysis, Brian Wilson uses critical sociological theories to investigate the complex--and at times controversial--relationship between sport and peace.
About the Author
Brian Wilson is an associate professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, where he specializes in cultural studies and sociology, with a particular focus on media, consumer culture, youth, social inequality, social movements, the environment, qualitative methods, and sport and leisure studies.
Table of Contents
Part One Introduction to the Study of Sport, Sociology, and Peace
1. Critiquing Sport, Transforming Sport: An Introduction to the Study of Sport, Sociology, and Peace
Critiquing Sport, Transforming Sport
Linking Sport and Peace
'Sport' and 'Peace' as Floating Signifiers
Addressing Social Inequality: The Underlying Theme
My Background and this Book
A Warning and an Opportunity
2. Theory, Sport, and Peace: Tools and Lenses for Seeing Sport 'in Context'
Different Lenses, Different Interpretations
Seeing Sport 'Up-Close' and 'In Context': Race for the Cure and Why Theory Is Important
The Questions We Ask
Functionalism and Critics
Sport, Cultural Studies, and Hegemony
Hegemony, Its Critics, and Why It Is Still Useful
An Underlying Problem and a Way Forward
Critical Theories and Contextual Cultural Studies
Making a Difference In and Through Sport
Part Two Exploring the 'New and Old' Politics of Sport and Peace
3. Sport, Diplomacy, and Nationalism
A Story about Sport, Sociology, and Politics
Introducing and Contesting 'the Nation'
Sport and Nation-Building in Divided Societies
Reflecting on Sport, Unity, and Community
Sport, Nationalism, and International Diplomacy
'Public Diplomacy' and 'Serious Diplomacy'
Reflections on Sport, Diplomacy, and the Nation
4. Sport, Global Politics, and Peace
Sport and Politics
The Decline of the Nation: Setting the Stage for Neoliberalism and Intensified Globalization
The Neoliberal Response
Sociology of Sport and a Critique of Neoliberalism
Globalization and the Sociology of Sport
So What is Globalization?
Concerns and Debates about Sport-Related Globalization
Glocalization' and Corporate Nationalism
Globalization, Peace, and Democracy: Contemplating the Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention
Reflections on Theory
Other Understandings of Globalization: Looking Ahead
Part Three Peace Activism, Peace Education, and a Sporting Praxis
5. Pursuing Peace 'From Below': Sport, Social Movements, and (Ironic) Activism
Sport and Social Movements: Background
But What Is Activism, and What Are Social Movements?
Different Perspectives on Sport and Social Movements
'Pre-Political' Resistance and Symbolic Resistance: Social Movements and Sport-Related Subcultures
Alter-Globalization, and Sport
Post-Politics?: Life Politics, Lifestyle Politics, and Sport
The Success of Movements: Political Opportunity and Resource Mobilization
Do Movements Matter?: Hegemony, Ironic Activism, and Reflections on Theory
6. Pursuing Praxis: Peace Education, Critical Pedagogy, and the Sociology of Sport
Conscientization, Praxis, and the Sociology of Sport
So What Is Peace Education?
Sport, Cultural Studies, and Critical Pedagogy
Some Sport-Related Critical Pedagogical Practices
Low Income Women, Recreation, and 'Feminist Participatory Action Research' (FPAR)
Functionalism, Prevention, and a Sociological Imagination?: Exploring Sport Programmes Designed to Support Underserved Youth
An Extended Case Study of 'Theory Meeting Practice': The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Programme
Using Theory to Link MVP with Other Strategies for Change: Sport Media and Anti-Violence Education
A Pro-Feminist Media Education Programme
Part Four Key Topics and Pressing Concerns
7. Reflections on Intervention and Imperialism in the Sport for Development and Peace Industry
Exploring Tensions around Sport and International Development
Sport-in-International Development: What It Looks Like and What It Is
Defining 'International Development'
'In the Field' With Sport for Development and Peace NGOs: Connecting Theory and Practice
The Power of Sport?: Guiding Principles in the Sport of Development and Peace Movement
Social Capital and the Mathare Youth Sports Association
Reflections on Theory and Practice around MYSA
Football for Peace: A Sociological Imagination and a 'Sport for Peace' Intervention
Remaining Cautious about SDP Work
8. Sport, the Environment, and Peace: Debates and Myths about 'Carbon Neutral' Sport
Exploring Controversies around Sport and the Environment
Sport, Recreation, Environmental Issues, and Peace: An Introduction
The Sociology of Sport and Environmental Issues
Modernism, Sport, and Perspectives on the 'Human and Non-Human' Relationship
Sustainability and the 'Ecological Modernist' Response
What's Wrong with Ecological Modernization?
Sport, the Environment, and Neoliberalism
A Closer Look at Ecological Modernization and Sport: The Case of 'Carbon Neutral' Sport Events
Too Good to be Green?
Reflections on Sport, the Environment, Power, and Privilege
9. Towards a 'Sport for Peace Journalism'?: Problems and Possibilities in Sport Media
Sport Media, Peace and Conflict: Themes in the Sociology of Sport
What Are the Implications of Sport-War Connections?
Violence is Normalized
Nuanced Sport Media: Some Reflections, Warnings, and a Way Forward
Explaining the 'Dominant Frame' and Some Concerns about 'Propaganda' Models
Is a 'Sport-for-Peace Journalism' Possible?
Part Five Conclusion
10. Conclusion: Six Summary Arguments and a 'Minor Utopian' Vision
Themes in Sport, Sociology, and Peace: A Set of Concluding Arguments
And Where Do We Go From Here?: Reflections on Social Change and Strategies to Achieve It
Final Thoughts: Imagining and Pursuing 'Minor Utopias' and 'Structural Renewal' in and around Sport