Sociology and communication in sport activity (2016/2017)

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Luca Mori
Luca Mori
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II semestre dal Mar 1, 2017 al Jun 2, 2017.

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 (pp-101-174)

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

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

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

- Bourdieu P. (1983). La distinzione. Critica sociale del gusto. Bologna: Il Mulino (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 (pp. 7-141).


- 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

The final exam will consist of a written test. The candidate will have to answer to 4 open questions in 2 hours of time. Three questions will deal with the topics presented and discussed during the course. The fourth question will try to elicit the critical analysis skills of the candidates. More clearly, the students will be asked to provide a personal reflection on some topics treated during the course (a comparison, a critical comment, an empirical exemplificaton, etc.)


- the degree of comprehension of the discipline;
- the degree of comprehension of the single concepts;
- the capacity of presenting theoretical problems;
- the mastery of the disciplinary lexicon;
- the capacity to connect different topics;
- The capacity to provide powerful empirical exemplification of the theoretical concepts discussed.

Student opinions - 2016/2017