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Religion and Sport

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Kay, Tess. "Daughters of Islam." International Review for the Sociology of Sport 41 (2006): 357-373. Sage Publications. 6 May 2008.

An Article Summary
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Tsion Besufekad

Kinesiology 323 Sociology of Sport
Dr. Grenfell
05/06/08

Family and religious values are important no matter what your cultural background may be. Success is often measured by how well one is able to provide for their family. Family can also be an agent of Sport Socialization. For example, when a child is raised seeing someone older in their family participating in sports, it may influence them to do the same. Religious values and sport have been intertwined for centuries. As far back as the first Olympic games in Greece, the Greek gods were thought to be watching over the stadium from Mount Olympus. Even now in the United States, which is a predominantly Christian nation, Sport has become a civil religion. Islam, imparticular, has very different stringent beliefs on competitive sport and having mixed gender physical activities. The intention of this research was to identify the young women’s involvement in the Widening Access Through Sport (WATS) project and to explore the parents’ expectations of their daughters in society. In Tess Kay’s article entitled, “Daughters of Islam: Family Influences on Young Women’s Participation in Sport”, Kay discusses young Muslim women in the United Kingdom and the roles expected from women in Muslim families. Kay discusses accounts of family views and on their participation in sport. The UK has a very diverse Muslim population. South Asian Muslims make up a large part of the population in the UK. Many women are the first generation to be educated in a westernized country. The differences between their life at home and their educational experiences place them at the front line of ethnic identity and change in Britain. These changes may cause young Muslim women to disagree with their parents’ beliefs, and possibly conflict with...