Sociology of Sports
Sociology of Sports
There are many different ways to look at the sociology of sports. The major theoretical perspectives are functionalist, sociological, conflict, feminist, and interactionist. I have chosen to write about the conflict perspective of sports.
Conflict Perspective of Sports
The conflict perspective assumes that social behavior is best understood in terms of tension between groups over power or the allocation of resources, including housing, money, access to services, and political representation. (Schaefer, 2011) Theorists argue that the social order is based on coercion (forcing or intimidating) and exploitation (taking advantage for another’s gain). With sports, big money can be a major incentive, often the being placed above the health and safety of the athletes. Sports and Social groups have many similarities such as; the better you are the more recognized you are. While writing this paper, I have the television on “Who Do You Think You Are?” with Kelly Clarkson. She made the statement, “…..grew up playing sports, everyone remembers the Michael Jordan, but no one remembers the ones passing the ball…..un-noticed sacrifices made”. (Clarkson, 2013) In my opinion, the world of sports follows truths in society, survival of the fittest and the unfit idolizing the fit.
The study of Sociology of Sports
The study of sociology of sports, is the study of the relationship between sports and society. It examines how culture and values influence sports, how sports influences culture and values, and the relationship between sports and media, politics, economics, religion, race, gender, youth, etc. It also looks at the relationship between sports and social inequality and social mobility. (Crossman, 2013) Sport has engaged the interests of sociologist for decades. There are many reasons for this. One is, the complexity of the sport system. Canada and the United States sports system could be...
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