Social Theories provides us with insights and explanations as to why people act the way they do. Sports is a human activity that involves physical skill and hard work. Sports is also governed by a set of rules and it is taken competitively. It is said that sports is taken seriously and is very important for athletes and even for the fans, some even say it is like a religion for them. Though not everyone in the society follow any sport, because they see that it has no relation to their lives.
Sports are a great way to bring a community together. However, sports have more to offer than just being a fun activity and a way to hang with friends. Lewis Lapham is correct in his assertion that sports represents more than trivial games between winners and losers; sports are deceptive and offer the illusion of hope, innocence, as well as lightness triumphing over darkness. H.G. Bissinger shows how these illusions affect a town’s reality in his book Friday Night Lights.
With the advancements in things people are able to improves their health goals to living a longer a better life, however, there is still the issues of how social class can affect their status for them to participate in a sport of any kind. When reading “In the Paradox of Social Class and Sports Involvement” written by Thomas C. Wilson, it first introduces of a paradox that people in a higher social class will be greater when being involved in some sort of sport if played with only the higher class, but if the sport is involved with the lower class, the higher class will less likely be involved with that certain sport. This was proven by Wilson has given example of the higher ones would usually play tennis or golf and will less likely play football
‘’Sports provide a structured, organised world that satisfies some of our need of meaning’’ (Fulford 2006). From this statement we can see how sport plays a big role in society. Sport structures how we fit into society through the different activities we do. Sport helps you to develop as a human, it’s like a religion where it provides rules and guidelines and develops how you should act.
Sport for years has brought people together all around the world. Sport has the potential to unite people. The UN definition of sport is all forms of physical activity that contribute to physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction, such as play, recreation, organized or competitive sport and indigenous sports and games. The Oxford English dictionary definition of sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. This shows us how sport is not just for competition, it is for fun and entertainment.
The research topic I am go to choose is on sport fans .A sport fan is a passionate follower of a sport who is usually as a spectator. I will like to understand the different type of sport’s fan because everyone supports his or her specific team in a different way. I will like to know how sports affect relationships with their friends and family members, how does sport affect their daily life, do they have a specific chant or ritual, how they act against someone who doesn’t follow their specific sports team, how much money they spend on the sport etc. I will study this in my own community since many people are fans of many sports mostly football or basketball in my community.
In film and television in a high school environment the jocks seem to be popular set of students. This is seen over and repeatedly. Popularity in American culture seems to have relations to athletes of basically any sport; whether it be basketball, football or field hockey. There is no doubt sport holds a highly valued position in American culture, while the athletes who excel in sports regardless of race, ethnicity, or social background occupy positions of high social standing. This study examined this relationship and it variation by gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity and grade level.
interactionist - seeks to discover how athletes and coaches make sense of their identidy exploring the key values associated with sports subcultures through the process of interaction. Feminist- explores the notion that sports may reproduce or contest gender stereotypes in society. Critical- Indicates that sports are socially constructed and can be understood by adopting a hisorical context. Highlights the importance that sports can reflect society but simultaneously challenge the way in which social life is organised.
Initially, spirituality in sport may be difficult to identify yet after closer inspection it is critically clear as one of the main reasons for people pursuing sport and declaring it a passion. The idea that individuals do not passively absorb sport but actively participate with engagement and focus is described by Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to be a highly focused mental state known as ‘flow’. He argues that the most powerful moments in our lives are not the relaxing and receptive events but are the moments when a ‘person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile’. A definition of spirituality is difficult to describe as many would disagree on its meaning,
Sport is an activity undertaken by a person or team in which they compete against another person or team, by complying with the rules and standards set out as part of the individual sport. Sport can be seen through its base definition that it is mean to promote the showcase of skill, hard work, endurance and talent. Although sport is seen as a social unifier both locally and internationally, with huge influence in terms of both the cultural and economical ties it has with the world as it supplies us with huge industries that revolve around the playing, watching and supporting of the sports and their teams. This is also at the core of the reason people believe that professionals dope and provide themselves with illegal support in the form of banned substances.