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Lecture 38

SEP 271 Lecture Notes - Lecture 38: Crass, Norm (Social)


Department
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Course Code
SEP 271
Professor
Alexander Sturges
Lecture
38

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SEP 271
SPORT USES OF RELIGION
Coping with stressful situations
Uncertain outcomes
Supplement to techniques
Prayer and divine intervention
God influences outcome Group bonding
CRITICIZING THE USE OF RELIGION IN SPORT
Use of religious intervention in sport is crass, greedy, or blasphemous
Growing resentment in North America to prayer in sport
US Constitution: Separation of religion and state
THE USE OF MAGIC
Anthropologists intertwine practice of religion and magic
Religion:
Oriented toward otherworldly, salvation, meaning of life and death, awe, and reverence toward
sacred
Magic: Everyday events, immediate and practical goals, utilitarian attitude
THE MALINOWSKI THESIS
Magic flourishes in situations of uncertainty and threat
Sport: Uncertain outcome, great deal of emotional investment
Magic brings luck and ensures “breaks”
MAGIC AND ITS USES IN SPORTS
Superstition
Rituals, taboos, and fetishes
Baseball hitting versus fielding
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FORMS OF MAGICAL PRACTICE
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