Analysis of Free Communications Presented at the First Seven NASSS Annual Meetings: Some Patterns and Trends

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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  • 1 SUNY, College at Brockport
  • 2 D’Youville College
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An analysis of the 434 free communications by the 575 presenters at the first seven annual meetings of NASSS (1980–1986) reveals several important patterns and trends with respect to (a) number of free communications, (b) number of presenters, (c) presenter’s sex, (d) presenter’s institutional affiliation, and (e) dual and multiple authorships. A classification of the free communications by subject matter reveals which research topics are of current interest to sport sociologists. Implications of these data for understanding the current stage of development of the subfield are discussed in relation to Mullins’ four-stage developmental model for scientific specialties.

Direct all correspondence to Merrill J. Melnick, Department of Physical Education and Sport, State University of New York, College at Brockport, Brockport, NY 14420.
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