Sociology and communication in sport activity (2015/2016)

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Luca Mori
Luca Mori
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II semestre dal Mar 1, 2016 al Jun 3, 2016.

Lesson timetable

II semestre

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Learning outcomes

This year the program has been divided depending on course attendance:

Two are the aims of the course. The first has to do with transferring those skills needed to map and analyze the interpersonal communicative structures. In particular, we will discuss the different communicative levels of content and relation, and we will examine the process of communicative self construction. The second aim is more general and it deals with showing the specific perspective from which sociology frames social phenomenons. We will demonstrate the practical utility of adopting a sociological way of thinking by motor science operators. To better achieve this second aim we discuss two different illustrative topics: a) The social influence on individual sports choices; b) the processes of social construction of body and bodily performances.

The course is divided into three parts. In the first one, the origin and the spread of sport practices will be interpreted in a strictly sociological vein and the role played in this process by mass media will be introduced. In the second part, the analysis will focus directly on mass media communication, examining the different sociological theories developed to understand the nature of mass communication and its influences on society. In the third and final part, attention will be given to audience research and the effects of all those process that have recently turned sport events into global spectacles.



- Goffman E. (1988). Il rituale dell’interazione. Bologna: Il Mulino (SOLO pp. 7-104)

- Goffman E. (2003). Espressione e identità. Gioco, ruoli, teatralità. Bologna: Il Mulino (SOLO pp-101-174)

- Goffman E. (1969). La vita quotidiana come rappresentazione. Bologna Il Mulino (SOLO pp. 95-164).

- Watzlawick P., Beavin J. H.. Jackson D. D. (1971). Pragmatica della comunicazione umana. Roma: Astrolabio (SOLO pp. 13-143).

- Bourdieu P., Wacquant L. J. D. (1992) Risposte. Per un’antropologia riflessiva. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri (SOLO pp. 9-105)

- Bourdieu P. (1983). La distinzione. Critica sociale del gusto. Bologna: Il Mulino (SOLO pp. 99-231).

- Santoro M. (2010). «Con Marx, senza Marx». Sul capitale di Bourdieu, in Paolucci G. (a cura di), Bourdieu dopo Bourdieu. Torino: UTET.

- Wacquant L. J. D. (2002). Anima e corpo. La fabbrica dei pugili nel ghetto nero americano. Roma: DeriveApprodi (SOLO pp. 7-141).

During the lessons we will refer to theories of mass and interpersonal communications which are not discussed explicitly in the given bibliography. You can find them described shortly in:

- Paccagnella L. (2010) Sociologia della comunicazione, Bologna: Il Mulino (chapers II and III ONLY)


- Elias N., Dunning E., (2001). Sport e aggressività. Bologna: Il Mulino.

- Paccagnella P., (2010). Sociologia della comunicazione. Bologna: Il Mulino

- Andò R., (2007). The Audience Reader. Saggi e riflessioni sull’esperienza di essere audience. Milano: Guerini.

- Martelli S., (2011). Sport, media e intrattenimento. Emozioni in/controllate e struttura sociale emergente, Milano: Angeli.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam, 4 open questions.

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