Sociological Theory and the Life of Greg Louganis Essay by Master Researcher

Sociological Theory and the Life of Greg Louganis
An review of Greg Louganis' autobiography in which he describes his place in society as a homosexual and dyslexic.
# 88263 | 1,125 words | 4 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Sport (Players) , Sport (Olympics)

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This paper examines sociological theories in relation to Olympic diver Greg Louganis. Louganis' life as a homosexual and an individual with dyslexia is considered in terms of his place in a society with rigid norms. Additionally, his autobiography is used to explore these ideas.

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"Greg Louganis, a four time Olympic diving gold medallist, finally was capable of presenting the story of his life to the public through his novel, "Breaking the Surface: The Story of Greg Louganis." Louganis' open discussion of his sexuality, dyslexia, and inability to be accepted within the social order for the majority of his life altered the public image that Louganis believed he was forced to present throughout his athletic career. This was due to the fact that society was structured in a manner that opposed different cultures, as well as individuals that did not fit into the societal norm of the time. Due to this primary factor Louganis' life can be examined within the scope of sociological theories that not only explain many of the choices that Louganis made in his lifetime, but also his ability to change his life in recent years and begin to live in a manner that expresses his...."

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