ABSTRACT

Sports coaching is a social activity. At its heart lies a complex interaction between coach and athlete played out within the context of sport, itself a socio-culturally defined set of practices. In this ground-breaking book, leading international coaching scholars and coaches argue that an understanding of sociology and social theory can help us better grasp the interactive nature of coaching and consequently assist in demystifying the mythical ‘art’ of the activity.

The Sociology of Sports Coaching establishes an alternative conceptual framework from which to explore sports coaching. It firstly introduces the work of key social theorists, such as Foucault, Goffman and Bourdieu among others, before highlighting the principal themes that link the study of sociology and sports coaching, such as power, interaction, and knowledge and learning. The book also outlines and develops the connections between theory and practice by placing the work of each selected social theorist alongside contemporary views on that work from a current practicing coach.

This is the first book to present a critical sociological perspective of sports coaching and, as such, it represents an important step forward in the professionalization of the discipline. It is essential reading for any serious student of sports coaching or the sociology of sport, and for any reflective practitioner looking to become a better coach.

part |2 pages

Part I Background and context

chapter 1|10 pages

Introduction

ByROBYN L. JONES

part |2 pages

Part II Sociological thinkers

chapter 2|12 pages

Erving Goffman: Interaction and impression management: Playing the coaching role

ByROBYN L. JONES, PAUL POTRAC, CHRIS CUSHION, LARS TORE

chapter 3|13 pages

Michel Foucault: Power and discourse: The ‘loaded’ language of coaching

ByJIM DENISON WITH DAVE SCOTT-THOMAS

chapter 4|14 pages

Pierre Bourdieu: A theory of (coaching) practice

ByCHRIS CUSHION WITH WILL KITCHEN

chapter 6|12 pages

Anthony Giddens: Acknowledging structure and individuality within coaching

ByLAURA PURDY WITH STEPHEN ABOUD

chapter 7|15 pages

Niklas Luhmann: Coaching as communication

ByLARS TORE RONGLAN WITH ØYSTEIN HAVANG

chapter 8|14 pages

Etienne Wenger: Coaching and communities of practice

ByCHRIS CUSHION WITH GARY DENSTONE

chapter 9|14 pages

Peter Blau: Exchange, reciprocity and dependency: How coaches and athletes rely on each other

ByROBYN L. JONES WITH JAKE BAILEY

part |2 pages

Part III Coaching and the social

chapter 11|16 pages

Power in coaching

ByPAUL POTRAC, ROBYN L. JONES

chapter 12|15 pages

Social interaction in coaching

ByLARS TORE RONGLAN

chapter 13|13 pages

Coach and athlete learning: A social approach

ByCHRIS CUSHION

chapter 14|8 pages

Concluding thoughts and ways forward

ByROBYN L. JONES, LARS TORE RONGLAN, PAUL POTRAC