Assessing the sociology of sport: on revisiting the sociological imagination

McKay, Jim (2015) Assessing the sociology of sport: on revisiting the sociological imagination. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50 4-5: 547-552. doi:10.1177/1012690214539342


Author McKay, Jim
Title Assessing the sociology of sport: on revisiting the sociological imagination
Journal name International Review for the Sociology of Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1012-6902
1461-7218
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1012690214539342
Volume 50
Issue 4-5
Start page 547
End page 552
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
On the 50th anniversary of the ISSA and IRSS, Jim McKay, a wide ranging and influential international scholar on sport, gender, power and globalization, reflects on the benefits for the field of revisiting C Wright Mill and his work on the ‘sociological imagination.’ McKay notes this is important at a time when the ‘parent’ discipline of sociology continues to exhibit myriad longstanding controversies and crises and the hegemony of neoliberal ‘common’ sense continues to affect adversely the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In focusing on the challenges of the field, the author draws on Mills’ distinction between ‘personal troubles’ and ‘public issues,’ and their ongoing relation to diverse issues such as the study of minority experiences in sport, the agenda for research on sport, development and peace, achieving a rapprochement between tourism and sport studies, and the building of a performative cultural studies approach to sport. The essay closes by focusing on the affinities between Mills’ standpoint of ‘studying up’ power structures and other critical epistemologies that interrogate neoliberal hegemony.
Keyword Critical sociology
C Wright Mills
Power
Sociological imagination
Sport
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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