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Lecture 20

SEP 271 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Steve Rushin


Department
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Course Code
SEP 271
Professor
Alexander Sturges
Lecture
20

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SEP 271
WHY DO SOCIAL PROBLEMS EXIST?
A functionalist theorist says the following:
Members of society have not been adequately socialized toward adopting prescribed
norms and values
Where does that place the blame?
“Society becomes ill when its “parts” don’t behave properly”
WHY DO SOCIAL PROBLEMS EXIST?
A conflict/cultural theorist says the following:
Competition among groups and interests for power and resources results in unequal social
arrangements
“No other area of human endeavor offers the opportunity to confront social issues as
consistently as sports.” – Steve Rushin
Social tension arises from the mass denial of access to various forms of power.
HOW DO WE SOLVE SOCIAL PROBLEMS?
Functionalist theory: Strengthen social norms through socialization and moral education
(families, schools, churches, etc.)
Conflict/cultural theory: Eliminate inequality, injustice, and discrimination among social
classes
DISCUSSION QUESTION
When is it okay to use violence?
What types of situations?
What are some historical examples of this question being answered?
VIOLENCE IN NORTH AMERICAN SOCIETY
Canada and the United States have a long history of violence
Every ethnic minority in North America has experienced and been involved with violent
actions
US culture continues to promote and glorify violence as a means to solving social
problems
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