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Page 1 Joe Fitzgerald, Xin, Pat Mochel, Tyler Clark, and Jacob Anthro E105 01/29/16 The Cultural effect of Notre Dame Basketball Sports as entertainment have begun to embed its place within American culture. Locally we have many middle school, high school, and college teams. The most known team, that also has the largest fan base locally, is men and women’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish teams. The goal of our research is to investigate the impact of Notre Dame’s basketball teams on the local culture. We will be using an inductive approach to gather information regarding basketball and Notre Dame’s importance to fans. We will ask them questions about their experience with basketball as a sport, and the level that their engagement with the teams at Notre Dame. It is important to know this information because it displays the impacts that sports teams have on the local population. The research will be conducted both at Notre Dame Games as well as off campus. This will benefit everyone who is interested in the impact that sports have on the local population. It will also highlight the ways in which it has been accepted as a form of entertainment within the public. When conducting this research we decided to use the inductive approach since we were studying and researching how Notre Dame Basketball affected the culture of South Bend. The first thing we wanted to find out is how the interviewees became fans of Notre Dame Basketball what influenced them to be apart of this social group. One interviewee stated that it was a because of his family. he stated that “his dad was a big basketball fan which slowly got him into it as he grew up.” This reason probably applies to many sports fans and how the interests of
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Page 2 people are passed down by generation in families. This is provides a sense of belonging to family members and nurtures a part of an individuals identity growing up. This can be seen in Syed, M., & Seiffge-Krenke article “Personality Development From Adolescence to Emerging Adulthood: Linking Trajectories of Ego Development to the Family Context and Identity Formation”. This article talks about linking a adolescent’s identity and ego to the influences of the family. Furthermore, in Syed, M., & Seiffge-Krenke article they state “A handful of empirical studies support the idea that parents play an important role in their children’s ego development.” (374). This is showing how family influences the way a adolescent forms their identity and ego. The culture of the Notre Dame Basketball has influence on a family generationally passing from parent to child. Similar interviewees stated the same thing or something similar to what our other interviewee said. This lead us to conclude that culture of Notre Dame basketball has an impact on the family and influences them to join the culture of Notre dame Basketball. Next, we wanted to find out how Notre Dame basketball made these fans feel as a group or community. We asked the interviewees how watching sports with other people, whether it was at the event itself or in a group with others at a house or a public place such as a bar, made watching Notre Dame basketball an enhanced experience compared to being alone. One interviewee said that “watching Notre Dame basketball with other Notre Dame fans makes watching games more enjoyable because we all have something in common. It provides a sense of belonging and companionship with the other fans and that makes it more enjoyable.” The other two interviewees had similar answers in that they agreed that watching games with fans of a different teams, regardless of where the game is watched, is less enjoyable because that sense of belonging is not there. This is also similar to a family watching sports. Everyone who is into watching the game feels like they belong, but if someone does not like basketball, they feel like
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