The course is divided into three parts. In the first one, through the analysis of the classic book by Elias and Dunning, the roles and the functions played by the sport practices in modern societies will be presented and discussed. In the second part we will examine the main theoretical efforts done by sociology to come to terms with mass communications and media system. More precisely, after a brief analysis of the nature of mass media communications and the deep influence they play toward the social system, some sociological approach such as functionalism, cultural analysis, semiotics and audience studies will be described and critically evaluated. In the third and last part of the course we will pay attention to the mass media impact on sports. Through an analysis of the statistical data collected by ISTAT during its three national research on Sports, Media and Spare Time (1995, 200,, 2006) we will try to deconstruct the link among sport practices, sponsor, mass media and audiences.
Elias N., Dunning E., Sport e aggressività, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2000 (SOLO l’introduzione da p. 21 a p. 78 e i capitoli I, III, VII e VIII)
Paccagnella L., Sociologia della comunicazione, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2004
Andò R., Audience reader. Saggi e riflessioni sull'esperienza di essere audience, Gerini Scientifica, Milano, 2007
Martelli S., Sport, media e intrattenimento. Emozioni in/controllate e struttura sociale emergente, Angeli, Milano, 2011.
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