In Great Expectations: The Sociology of Survival and Success in Organized Team Sports, sociological analysis proves to be a powerful ally for grasping how the sports world unfolds for team players, providing a range of sociological ideas and concepts that extend throughout the book. The text boxes and class discussion sections help summarize key issues, linking important sociological concepts to the topics at hand. The eight chapters begin with an introduction and then detail athletes' activities at different stages in their development.
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Christopher B. Doob is professor emeritus of sociology at Southern Connecticut State University. His published works include Sociology: An Introduction, 6th Edition (Harcourt Press 1999); Social Inequality and Social Stratification in U.S. Society (Routledge 2012); Race, Ethnicity, and the Urban American Mainstream (Pearson 2004); and Racism: An American Cauldron, 3rd Edition (Pearson 1998), the second edition of which received a Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights. In addition, Doob has been active in his community, serving as coordinator for the Southern Connecticut State University's Urban Initiatives, which established math tutoring classes for inner-city children. He has also participated in the struggle for welfare rights and been a long-time volunteer in two local adult-education programs.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Elite Team Athletes in Sociological Perspective; Chapter 2: In the Beginning: Youth Athletes' Socialization to Team Sports; Chapter 3: The Sometimes Disruptive Adolescent Sports World; Chapter 4: Elite Athletes in Progress: College and Minor-league Programs; Chapter 5: The Big Four Major Leagues: Play at the Competitive Pinnacle; Chapter 6: Maringal Pro Leagues; Chapter 7: Stars Who Weren't Suppsoed to Make It; Chapter 8: Minimizing the Mania
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