Sociology Assignment | Socialization of Athlete in Sports

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Running Head: SociologyEssay
2SociologyTable of ContentsIntroduction:...............................................................................................................................3Main Body:.................................................................................................................................3Socialisation of the athlete into sports:..................................................................................3Experiences of the athlete regarding the two issues:.............................................................6Perception of the athlete about their sporting subculture:......................................................9Conclusion:..............................................................................................................................10References:...............................................................................................................................11
3SociologyIntroduction:Mark Blair 26 years old is a rugby player. He is one of the current rugby players in thenational rugby team of England. He is playing for the last 5 years and has attended variousinternational and national events. His interview has been taken as he seemed to be mostviable to be the respondent for the interview. The interview has been constructed with the aimof collecting information regarding the two issues that the athlete has experienced. He hasbeen selected for the interview as he has undergone injury in the last month and has beenunder medical supervision for his shoulder injury. He has helped to accomplish the interviewwith resources needed for the understanding of the impacts of the issues. For the case studythe two issues that have been chosen are gender and injury. In rugby sports these two issuesare very significant as in the United Kingdom there exists gender discrimination in varioussports formats including contact sports like rugby. The possibilities of injuries are common incontact sports like rugby[ CITATION Joe09 \l 1033 ]. The case study is based on theimplications of symbolicinteractionism theory. This theory is one of the major frameworks inthe field of sociology where the society is analyzed on the basis of the meaning that theindividuals inflict on the objects, conducts or events. The interview responses of the athleteare based on this theory[ CITATION Ash171 \l 1033 ].Main Body:Socialisation of the athlete into sports:Socialization exists in the sports to great extent. The influence of the background or thesurrounding is an important aspect in socialization of athlete. Many individuals are born withcharacteristics where they are inclined towards the sports but there are some individuals whoare motivated by the members of the family members and friends and others in the society.
4SociologyThe socialization has also impacted the discrimination of gender in case of sports. The malesfind it easier to get a place in sports while the females are supposed to follow some of thesocial norms and are not that much encouraged being in sports. There have been manyprogressive actions taken and that has resulted in the inclusion of females in sports across theworld. The athletes of the modern time have started to overlook the negative impacts ofsocialization and have accepted the positive impacts. The socialization makes individuals tointeract with many other people in the society and that helps them to come in contact withdifferent views[ CITATION Hai17 \l 1033 ].They are motivated through interactions withthe others who are engaged in sports. The outlooks of the individuals change. They come toknow about the different issues that are faced by the persons already in the sports. The injuryand gender discrimination are two major and common issues that are found to exist in worldof sports.The interview has been focused on the socialisation of the athlete into the sports. He hasshared his story during the interview. He has said that he has been born and brought up in afamily where the sports are considered to be very important. He has seen his father to beengaged with soccer. His father has played in many soccer leagues at national level but at hislater ages he could not continue because of his profession. Mark’s mother has also keennesstowards tennis and she used to be champion in her high school days. But she has also left dueher household responsibilities. Mark has one brother and sister. Their parents have alwaysencouraged them to be in sports. His elder brother 30 years old is a soccer player and hasbeen doing well for the last 10 years. His sister has been found to be interested in rugbysports but she has not been allowed as their parents did not allow her on the ground she is agirl and rugby is a contact sport and there are much vulnerabilities in it. Mark has beeninfluenced by his family and especially his elder brother who has always been one of thebiggest supports in his life. He has been playing rugby since his high school days and then he
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