School of Education
Master of Science in Sport Management (MS)
Primary Subject Area
Education, General; Education, Physical; Education, Philosophy of; Philosophy
AlternativeSport, Competition, Meta-Narratives, Postmodernism, Sport
Education | Philosophy | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Sports Studies
Crow, Shara, "An Exploration of the Impact That Postmodernism Has on Competition in Sport" (2013). Masters Theses. 290.
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.