The topic of risk is most often discussed in the literature on environmental, health, and technical hazards. More recently, however, it has become a topic of concern to social scientists who apply risk analysis to social relations and social structure. The concept of risk can be used in analyses of sport as a factor in analytical models and as a component of applied sport sociology. This essay considers definitions of risk, the sociological tradition in risk analysis, and the application of risk to sport studies.
This Presidential Address was delivered at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Washington, DC, November 1989.
James H. Frey is with the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154.