3) Structural Functionalist Handout

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1. Structural Functionalism Theory a) Every society has five basic institutions: Family, Education, Politics, Economics, Religion (sixth: Sport) b) Every society is a well-integrated configuration of institutions c) Every institution in a society contributes to its functioning d) Every society rests on the consensus of its members 2. Concept of functions a) Eufunction (builds character, discipline, competitiveness, physical fitness, mental fitness, etc.) b) Dysfunction (excessive violence, cheating, gambling, ruthless competition, etc.) Social Functions of Sport 1. Socioemotional (way sport affects the social and psychological states of individuals a) l. Cathartic (release of frustration, conflict, anxiety, tension, aggression, etc. in a socially acceptable manner) b) 2. Sense of Belonging (esprit de corps, camaraderie) c) 3. Ritualistic (Sports seasons and events provide psychological stability and security in a chaotic and rapidly changing world.) 2. Integrative (Brings isolated individuals into a group with a common perspective.)
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Unformatted text preview: a) Participants b) Spectators c) In-group / Out-group 3. Political a) International Level 1) Sports as tool to demonstrate power 2) Production of superior athletes indicative of national character and strength of politico-economic system 3) World wide recognition and respect 4) Webster & Pooley view of how governments use sport i. political tool ii. socio-political mirror iii. propaganda showcase iv. outlet for national aggression v. nationalism b) National Level 1) Social integration 2) Social control 4. Social Mobility (Sport as a status escalator) a) Pipeline out of the ghetto for ethnic minorities b) Discuss education 5. Socialization (way individuals are conditioned to be socially viable members of society) a) Agents of Socialization 1) Family 2) Peers Socialized Socialized 3) School into sport via sport 4) Community 5) Mass Media...
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