Chapter_10_-_Class_and_Sport

Chapter_10_-_Class_and_Sport - Sports in Society: Issues &...

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Sports in Society: Chapter 10 Social Class: Do Money and Power Matter in Sports?
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Resources in the form of money and power influence what sports you play and when, where, and how you play them. These boys know this as they play makeshift tetherball illegally on a city owned street sign.
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Social Class Categories of people who share a similar economic position in society based on a combination of their Income Wealth Education Occupation Social connections
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Social Stratification Structured forms of economic inequalities that are part of the organization of everyday life; these inequalities influence life chances Life Chances are opportunities to achieve economic success and gain economic power Life Chances vary from one social class to another in the social stratification system
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Dimensions of Social Stratification Power Prestige privilege Property Socio-economic Status Class
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Class Relations The ways that social class is incorporated into everyday life in groups and society Social class differences affect nearly all parts of people’s lives in the U.S. Why do Americans accept the reality of class and class relations without debating it?
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Class Ideology A web of ideas and beliefs that people use to Understand economic inequalities Evaluate the ways of economic inequalities Identify one’s class position
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Social Capital Capital: wealth in the form of money or other assets by a person or organization Social capital Norms / Trusts / Network
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Class ideology in the US is based on: The American Dream a hopeful vision of boundless economic opportunities to succeed and consume in ways that lead to individual fulfillment and happiness . Belief in MERITOCRACY a form of social organization in which rewards and positions of leadership and power are earned when people prove that their characteristics and abilities are superior to those of others
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Exclusive sport clubs are widely perceived as a legitimate privilege of people in the upper class. This is an outcome of the belief in meritocracy.
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Economic inequality, class The meaning, organization, and purpose of sports are heavily influenced by money and economic power Class relations in the US are based on an ideology in which economic success is equated with individual ability, worth, and character Competitive power and performance sports reaffirm this ideology
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course KIN 445 taught by Professor Jdandchristine during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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Chapter_10_-_Class_and_Sport - Sports in Society: Issues &...

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