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How Does Social Class Affect Sport?

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Lana Manke

on 18 November 2013

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Transcript of How Does Social Class Affect Sport?

How Does Social Class Affect Sport?
What Types of Sports are Played?
How are the Sports Played?
Who is Most Likely to Participate?
Lower Classes
More physical contact in sports (football, wrestling, basketball)
More informal and less resources
Also has much participation; used as a stress reliever
Sources
Finkelstine, E., Peterson, V., & Hacopian, N. (2012, November 15). Social class and sports. Retrieved November 10, 2013, from Sociological Perspectives website: http:socialclassandsports.blogspot.com/2012/11/social-class-and-sports.html
Thomas, O. (2012, December 9). The relationship between sport and social class. Retrieved November 10, 2013, from The Universal Game website: http://theuniversalgame.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/the-relationship-between-sport-and-social-class/
Upper and Middle Classes
More rules
Played more formally (spectators, referees)
Generally better sportsmanship
More organized
More competitive
Lower Class
More laid back
Casual
Might be played to settle a bet or gain something
Also competitive
Sources
Upper and Middle Classes
Stereotypical sports for girls and boys; little deviation
Boys participate more than girls
More resources and opportunites for boys' sports than girls' sports
Lower Classes
Over half of all African American parents report unequal sporting opportunities between boys and girls
Also more resources for boys than girls
Girls often unwelcome in most sports that are played
Sources
Upper and Middle Classes
More non-contact sports (golf, polo, croquet, tennis)
More resources (location, equipment, people, etc)
More free time= more participation
Why Are They Played?
Upper and Middle Class
Reflect values
Helps develop educational and life skills
Lower Class
Gaining popularity
Believes that athletic skill correlates with social mobility
Raises self esteem
Gaining respect
Sources
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