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The Ultimate Fight: Sport and Social Power

Updated on September 30, 2013

The Ultimate Fight: Sport and Social Power

There is distinct relationship between the sport and the configuration of power in the modern society. In many countries sport is increasingly becoming a central part in individual lives. We should also not forget that sport is linked to many social institutions such as schools, organizations and so on. It is also an insidious part of culture related to social construction within a social system. This social system is established by individuals or groups with specific values, needs, interests, needs and resources.

Sport forms are established by individual or groups. Every culture establishes and uses sports for its particular purposes hence; we can rightfully say that sports take various forms from one culture to another. Sports sociology according to Brown, (2010) is the study of social interactions and human behavior within specific contexts. This sociological aspect evaluates sports as being part of social and cultural life. In particular, sport sociology evaluates the correlation of sport and society and seeks answers to the issues that pertain to culture and sports.

Owing to a diversity of factors such as politics, religion, social economic status, particular groups or individuals may be forbidden or have limited access in taking part of exercises and other sporting activities. Hence, the sport value may have different meaning in various cultures. In addition, there are also other factors that may influence the sports, which may include but not limited to: intrinsic and extrinsic rewards received from the sports participation.

Various theories have pointed out the link between sports and power. Though many countries use sports in enhancing their power and image, including those of their leaders, it is also very essential in peace making. For instance, the good will games served this course and international leaders have employed sports participants to involve themselves in friendly challenges with other countries as away of communication in a negotiation process.

The playing of national anthems and display of flags however, has aroused controversy at various international sporting events. This is due to the notion that such displays enhance political ideologies of the various countries. Sports can provide a setting for national unity and pride in the society but could at the same time elicit questions with regard to power. This is more despicable in the case of selection of athletes for world events and the management of such sporting events.


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