Familiar Names Receive Recognition: CNY Books and Authors

Familiar Names Receive Recognition: CNY Books and Authors

You’ve got a friend in me 

Auburn resident, and professor and department chair of sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego, Tim Delaney, recently co-authored a book with Tim Madigan of Rochester, NY, who is a professor and department chair of philosophy at St. John Fisher College. “Friendship and Happiness: And the Connection Between the Two” uses both of the academic’s professional fields to explore how to overcome unhappiness.

The “Two Tims” were inspired to write a book after Madigan published an article 10 years ago with friendship as the focus. “Which generated a great deal of response,” Madigan says, “And got us both thinking that exploring the nature of friendship in the modern age would be a fruitful endeavor.” The book begins by exploring the foundational concepts of friendship, looking to Aristotle’s three categories of friendship, and goes on to explore modern categories like casual friends, close friends, and best friends, as well as the increasingly common virtual friendships. The authors themselves can credit their work as a source of their own happiness, as Madigan says, “I’m glad to say that the two Tims have remained good friends over the decade or so we spent working on this!”



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New book “Lessons Learned from Popular Culture”

New book “Lessons Learned from Popular Culture” 


This book focuses on a wide range of topics, including film, television, social media, music, radio, cartoons and comics, books, fashion, celebrities, sports, and virtual reality, Tim Delaney and Tim Madigan demonstrate how popular culture, in contrast to folk or high culture, gives individuals an opportunity to impact, modify, or even change prevailing sentiments and norms of behavior. 

Multidisciplinary Sportsmanship-New Book Released March 2016

Multidisciplinary Sportsmanship Book
New book on sportsmanship gathers multidisciplinary expertise

Sociology professor Tim Delaney, founder of the college’s annual observance of National Sportsmanship Day, has filled what he saw as a large gap in the literature of sports studies, editing a new cross-disciplinary book on sportsmanship.

Tim Delany with bookIn “Sportsmanship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives,” 26 authors representing 20 disciplines and five countries provide what Delaney calls “the most comprehensive collection of essays on the meaning of sportsmanship in existence.”

Newly available from McFarland & Co., the 277-page book takes on a topic that echoes from a reader’s first recollection of a parent saying, “Be a good sport” to news stories of today that document the myriad ways athletes demonstrate just the opposite.

Among Delaney’s chapter contributors are four other faculty members from SUNY Oswego: Evelyn Benavides of sociology, publishing as Evelyn A. Clark, who takes on issues of gender and sportsmanship; Chris Mack of history, who wrote a chapter on early 20th century golfer Francis Ouimet and sportsmanship in golf; Brian Moritz of communication studies, writing about sportsmanship and sports journalism; and Stephen A. Wurst of psychology, whose chapter is on cognitive psychology and sportsmanship.

The subject is near and dear to Delaney’s heart: Trained as a sports sociologist, he recently hosted his eighth Sportsmanship Day Symposium at SUNY Oswego in honor of National Sportsmanship Day.

“Twelve to 15 years ago, National Sportsmanship Day in March came to my attention,” said Delaney, a prolific author who also recently published “The Sociology of Sport” and long has taught courses on the subject. “I’d ask my classes (about it); nobody had ever heard of it. I started finding it odd that athletes hadn’t heard about it. … That led me to, ‘Well ESPN doesn’t do anything special to highlight or honor Sportsmanship Day.’ Then you begin to realize that everybody in sports, from parents to coaches to league officials, everybody will talk about the value of sportsmanship, they’ll give lip service to it, and yet nobody actually does anything specific about Sportsmanship Day.”

Ethical behavior

Delaney also found “sportsmanship is one of these concepts where everybody supposedly knows what it is.” Yet, he learned, people from different countries and different academic disciplines had different definitions of and ideas about sportsmanship.

Also helping move along Delaney’s idea for a multidisciplinary book on sportsmanship were takeaways from the Sportsmanship Day presentations of faculty from departments such as history and psychology, as well as student presentations.

“One college student was a referee for youth soccer, and he talked about the horror of being a referee at a youth soccer game” for 8- and 9-year-olds, Delaney said. “The coaches talked a good game about sportsmanship, but the parents on the sideline were out of control, screaming at the coach to put their kids in and yelling at the referee.”

Delaney wondered: If parents aren’t teaching and modeling sportsmanship, who is? Additionally, while researching his recent book “Sociology of Sport,” he noted the paucity of literature on sportsmanship geared for adults. Examples of civility and ethical behavior—and the opposite—abound in the new collection of essays.

“How we practice sportsmanship, or don’t, gives us practical and profound insights of our contemporary society,” he said. “It’s reflective of our cultural values, ethics, attitudes and norms. … When we no longer care about sportsmanship, we’ve got far bigger problems in society.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Sportsmanship examined—Sociology professor Tim Delaney recently published “Sportsmanship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives,” a book of essays from 26 contributing writers that provides viewpoints across academic disciplines and cultures on what it means to be a good sport or a poor sport.



Sports Sociology Revisited-New Book Released September 2015

Sports Sociology Revisited-New Book Released September 2015

From domestic violence, concussions and on-field assaults to video gaming, fantasy sports and online gambling, SUNY Oswego’s Tim Delaney and co-author Tim Madigan of St. John Fisher College have teamed to update “The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction” for the latest generation of students and fans.  The book’s second edition, published in August by McFarland & Co., adds 130 pages, connects sports with popular culture and brings current the “sport as a microcosm of society” theme that infuses today’s sports pages and shows, according to Delaney, professor and chair of sociology.


Tim Delaney with book
Tim Delaney, professor and chair of sociology.