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Lecture 28

SEP 271 Lecture Notes - Lecture 28: Demography Of The United States, Minority Group, Centrality


Department
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Course Code
SEP 271
Professor
Alexander Sturges
Lecture
28

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SEP 271
RACE-LINKED CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
Categories of people with a similar culture
Place greater emphasis on some activities
Ignore other activities
SOCIAL STRUCTURE CONSTRAINTS
Most plausible reasons for African American dominance in some sports can be found in
Occupational structure
Sports opportunity structure
OCCUPATIONAL STRUCTURE
Opportunities for upward mobility are limited for African American youth
Visible, gifted African American athletes Role models
SPORTS OPPORTUNITY STRUCTURE
African Americans tend to excel in sports with available
Coaching
Facilities
Denied membership in private clubs
Competition
Different styles of play (e.g., basketball)
SPORTS OPPORTUNITY STRUCTURE
Powerful have denied access to African Americans
Golf tournaments, horse racing, automobile racing
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN SPORT
African American visibility in sports masks racism in the sports establishment Research along
two lines:
The assignment of playing positions
The rewards and authority structures
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