Author(s)

Shara CrowFollow

Department

Sport Management

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Chair

Clark Zealand

Primary Subject Area

Education, General; Education, Physical; Education, Philosophy of; Philosophy

Keywords

AlternativeSport, Competition, Meta-Narratives, Postmodernism, Sport

Disciplines

Education | Philosophy | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Sports Studies

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the impact that postmodernism has on competition in sport. Previous studies compartmentalized social thought and competition in sport. This study appreciates that the two are connected, and it is through this connectedness that the impact emerges. By describing, finding, and analyzing relationships through text as well as notating text iteratively, it was found through a postmodernist critical awareness to meta-narratives that sport is expressed in two main themes: (a) identity (b) and hierarchy/authority. Moreover, both of these themes are interrelated to social interaction. These findings indicate that social interpretation impacts the complex strains of society as a whole through means of cooperative-competition, a type of competition that is being exemplified through alternative sport.

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