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SA 353: Sociology of sport

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For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Sociology / Anthropology by email () or Ask a librarian.

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Books by an author

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Books "about" an author

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Search for topics


Use Advanced Search with these suggested keywords.

  • socialization and sport*
  • sociology and sport*
  • sport* and (race or racial or discrim* or colonial*)
  • sport* and (gender or sexual*)
  • women athletes
  • (drugs or doping) and sport*
  • conflict theory and sport*

TIP: Use "subject headings" found within the library record of relevant titles to find other useful book titles.

Subject Headings

Some useful subject headings for this course: 

  • Discrimination in sports -- United States
  • Doping In Sports
  • Feminism and sports
  • Sex discrimination in sports
  • Racism in sports -- United States
  • Soccer -- Social aspects
  • Sports -- Social aspects -- Cross-cultural studies
  • Sports -- Social Aspects -- Great Britain
  • Sports -- Social aspects -- Canada
  • Sports -- Social Aspects -- United States
  • Sports -- Sociological aspects
  • Sports -- Canada -- Sociological aspects
  • Sports For The Handicapped -- See Sports for people with disabilities
  • Sports For Women -- 15 Related Subjects
  • Sports For Women -- Canada
  • Sports team mascots -- Social aspects -- United States
  • Women Athletes -- 21 Related Subjects
  • Women athletes

Journal articles

To find scholarly journal articles, search the databases for your discipline. 

Selected journals