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cultural influences in sport

Updated on July 13, 2012

Cultural influences on sport

These are examples of cultural influences on sport in general, they are some of the most abundant in the UK.

socio economic groups

These are categories of society that are based on the income and job type of a person although this often influences the type a person plays. It can be due to the money required to participate golf and sailing require quite a lot of money to participate as equipment and membership rates for these clubs are high, this limits the scope of people that can play. Another reason is that it is not common practice for lower class to play golf the clubs are mainly populated by upper-class snobs which wouldn’t accept the lower class as such due to their assumed inferiority. Though socio economic groups have been around for a long time a concept introduced in the 20th century to help identify peoples standing in society based on their occupation.

Ethnicity

An ethnicity is a certain population that shares a common genealogy, they often share the same language, religious or cultural factors in their life, this gives them a basis for connection but it can cause them to not be accepted by others that are dominant in certain sports. An example is football it is the mainstream sport in the UK and it is populated mainly by whites this means that because the Caucasian ethnicity is the most prominent in England the other social groups are the social minorities. Because these social minorities retain their own subculture inside Britain’s culture when they integrate they aren’t like the majority of the population which conform to their own ideals and beliefs, so when they mix individuals with the most in common will naturally gravitate towards each other, in a football team full of Caucasians a Pakistani that joins won’t feel as accepted because of the things he has in common with the team won’t be as much as the rest of the team does.

Gender

In the past women have been stereotyped into things of beauty that take care of household chores, until women started to rise up and demand rights, women had to demand rights this was done by the women activists who had to protest to get the ball rolling. This brought about the equal pay act 1980 before this woman were paid less than men as a matter of course which led them to believe that they can’t do everything that a man can do after this women’s only sports federations started to emerge which allow women to play previously men only sport this helps to promote the idea that women can play sport this has caused more and more men to accept that women can play sport to the same standard and better than men in some cases. Today 33 years after the act women aren’t treated the same as men even though on paper they do women’s sport isn’t held in as high a regard. This is due in part to the members of society that still don’t fully accept women’s integration as equals in our society and also the medias influence as a continuation of this, they don’t give women’s sort the same priorities that men’s does in the papers unless there is a sexy woman.

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      Will smith 4 years ago

      Im a tank, and i love sailing, this isa good article. fanx.

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