"Sociology of Sports" Term Paper by Master Researcher

"Sociology of Sports"
A description and definition of the term "sociology of sports".
# 37845 | 1,150 words | 4 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2003 in Sport (General) , Sociology (General)


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Description:

This paper describes and defines the term "sociology of sports" in terms of the impact of sporting events on the human psychology, philosophy, and culture. The paper discusses the implication that society can relate to the sporting event, that sporting events generate significant income for those involved, and that local communities can become involved in their society through local sporting events. The paper presents a personal opinion and also notes that sports may belong to all humans, but that the more prominent athletic events - such as the Olympic Games - are restricted only to those who can afford access to such events.

Outline:
Introduction
The Sociology of Sports
Conclusion
A Personal Opinion
Society's Role in Sports

From the Paper:

"Sporting events have been around as long as recorded human history. During this long evolution of sports, the development of sports and sporting events has taken place off of the field as well as on it. The sociology of sports evolved along with the sports themselves, where the techniques that aided athletes on a mental level accompanied the actual game play. Among one of the most pressing factors of the sociology of sporting events is the philosophy of the sporting event. This concept was promoted first with the political writings of Marxism. The theories of Carl Marx suggested that the political structure of a government that was founded for the welfare of the people was best supported through sporting events. (Ritzer: 56) This was mainly through the understanding that the sporting events were wholly owned by the people. (Marx obviously never envisioned a system where a select number of owners controlled an entire sporting event, the teams, and the merchandising of all products therein.) The Marxist implication of a sociology concerning sporting events was that the people would both be able to participate from sports and profit from it as well. Over the years, this peculiar emphasis on the philosophy of sports can be seen to manifest itself in various degrees."

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