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A Strategy for Sports Sociology Research Methodology

MethodologyA Strategy for Sports Sociology Research Methodology SAGE Publications, Inc.1978DOI: 10.1177/101269027801300307 J.J. Shuttleworth There has been a dearth of attention given to sport and the broader field of leisure in general by researchers in the discipline of sociology. This can be attributed to two main factors. Firstly, the rejection has been implicit in that sport has been considered ancillary to such other institutions within the social system as education, the family, the mass media and more particularly the economic and political systems. Those sociologists who have accorded it recognition have concentrated upon a microsocial or psychological reductionist approach rather than upon an appraisal of sport's structure and function at the macrosocial system level of analysis,. This has led in the opinion of scholars such as Parry and Flowers (1974) to sports sociology in the U. K. becoming isolated from the main stream of sociological thinking, the major emphasis of which is centred upon the relationship of urban man with the economic and political systems of industrial,ised society. The avoidance of sport as a topic worthy of research caused by this concern for the centrality of the economic and political systems, the prevailing concept of sport as an ancillary http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review for the Sociology of Sport SAGE

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