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This paper presents a brief overview of the growth and development of the North American Society for Sociology of Sport, beginning with its formation at the Second CIC Symposium on Sociology of Sport at Minneapolis in 1978. Although the organization’s maturation and success may not be highly correlated with the development of the subdiscipline itself, consistent interest in sport sociology topics and the absence of a forum for exchange are viewed as important factors that led to its formation. Historically, the organization has consisted of diverse perspectives which have been viewed as an organizational strength. Recently, however, a form of subtle intolerance seems to be promoting a separate identification for various scholarly perspectives. A cautionary warning is issued against the possible rise of elitism that could evolve from the creation of false cleavages.
This was the Presidential Address presented at the Seventh Annual Conference for the North American Society for Sociology of Sport, Las Vegas, October 29–November 1, 1986.
Direct all correspondence to Susan L. Greendorfer, Department of Physical Education, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801.