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date: 22 September 2019

Social Class and Sport 

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Author(s):
Robert BellRobert BELL

Sports and social class are intricately mixed. For a variety of reasons, what social class a person is born to often decides which sports they will become interested in. Generally, the upper classes are more partial to sports such as golf, tennis, and swimming that stress individualism and aesthetics and may be expensive to play for one reason or another; the lower classes typically favor sports like boxing and basketball that stress teamwork and physical strength and do not require as much money for participation. Some sports, such as baseball, are fairly neutral in terms of social class. Sports offer some degree of social mobility through education and “going pro,” but neither option guarantees success. ...

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