Social media, digital technology, and sport media

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Purpose: The purpose of the chapter is to overview the sociological literature related to social media and digital technologies in sport, with particular attention to media representations, content production, and audience responses. The chapter examines how social media and digital technologies reproduce and challenge hegemonic representation strategies, while maintaining existing cultural norms in the industry. Further, the chapter evaluates how athletes and fans create digital communities to bring visibility to marginalized groups. Finally, the chapter considers the potential of digital media for social justice and advocacy. Design/methodology/approach: The chapter synthesizes existing literature in sociology of sport, sport communication, and media studies to provide an assessment of the implications of social media and digital technologies for sport. Findings: Scholarship on social media and digital technologies in sport has primarily focused on descriptive analyses. Sociological approaches provide a theoretical grounding for examining issues of power, inequality, and social justice in relation to media ideologies, production, and consumption. Research limitations/implications (if applicable): The chapter identifies future areas of study, including a more robust engagement with theory and an expansion of methodological approaches. Originality/value: The chapter provides an overview of the literature on social media and digital technologies in sport of nearly 80 scholarly publications. The chapter moves beyond focusing on patterns in content to consider how structures, journalistic practices, cultural norms, and audience interactions collectively shape ideologies about gender, race, sexuality, religion, and disability in the sport media industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch in the Sociology of Sport
PublisherEmerald Group Holdings Ltd.
Number of pages19
StatePublished - Apr 13 2022

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Sport
ISSN (Print)1476-2854

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  • Advocacy
  • Digital communities
  • Hegemony
  • Identity
  • Social justice
  • Sport media


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