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Excerpts — Sociology of Sport and Social Theory

Soccer hooliganism as an English and world problem

Figurational theory is used to analyze fan behavior in European football, or what North Americans refer to as soccer.

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First issue of Sports Illustrated demonstrates sociology of science theory

The sociology of science body of theories hold in common the contention that what is considered scientific “fact,” as well as what is considered worthy of scientific study in the first place, are reflections of the social environment.

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Social views of masculinity related to sport

Consistent with traditional gender ideals, the hegemonically masculine male is independent, powerful, emotionally unexpressive, strictly heterosexual, unflinching in the face of adversity, indifferent to pain, and unwilling to compromise his core values.

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Reversal theory used to understand Tiger Woods' dominance in golf

Reversal theory points specifically to how individuals focus on tasks at hand and how they remain flexible enough to make needed changes, overcoming any fear of change.

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