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7 Sociology of Physical Activity
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Key topics you will learn: about background knowledge about a sociologist of PA history of sociology of PA research done in this field what research tells us about inequitable power relations in PA gender ethnicity SES Objectives Objectives KIN 170
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Why Study Sociology of Why Study Sociology of Physical Activity? Physical Activity? Sociology of physical activity is the study of shared beliefs and social practices that constitute specific forms of physical activity. This provides us with important insights into ourselves and our culture.
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Definition of Sport Definition of Sport Sociology as a field of Sociology as a field of study study Sociology is a discipline that primarily focuses on social organization, various social orders and social behavior KIN 170 (continued)
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Definition of Sport Sociology Definition of Sport Sociology Sport Sociologists deal with basic social units and fundamental social processes present in a variety of sport milieu. In short, sport sociology is not interested in a specific individual or group, but rather in the social structure, social patterns, and social organization of groups engaged in sport, whether it be a micro-system, a large complex organization, a sub-culture, or a society. KIN 170
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What Sociologists of What Sociologists of Physical Activity Do Physical Activity Do Teaching Research Service
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Goals of Sociology Goals of Sociology of Physical Activity of Physical Activity Look at physical activity to go beyond common understandings Identify and analyze patterns of change and stability Critique physical activity programs in order to recommend changes
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Current Status of Sociology Current Status of Sociology of Physical Activity of Physical Activity Cultural Role of sociology Problems in sports and public awareness KIN 170
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KIN 170 Area Typical Questions Asked Social class & sport involvement How does social class affect sport participation? How does sport participation affect social mobility? How are social class and spectating related? Team Dynamics How is team cohesiveness related to success? How are coach-player relationships related to player success and satisfaction? What are the characteristics of leadership on teams? Sport & Education What role does sport play in school dynamics? Are school athletes better students than their peers? To what extent do athletes get preferential academic treatment? Sport & Social Processes How do integrated sport teams affect player relationships and team success? How is spectating affected by economic swings? How do different sports socialize children differently? Sport & Social Problems How is aggressiveness treated in different sports? To what extent can sport participation decrease delinquency?
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