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When sociologists study sports in society, their recommendations are sometimes controversial because they may call for changes in the

structure and organization of sports and society

Ideologies are different than the ideas and beliefs of individuals because they

influence the overall social organization of society

Social class ideology in the United States is organized around

the idea income and wealth inequality is normal a belief in meritocracy

According to the author, culture consists of

ways of life that people create as they live together

When people in a society generally see the body as machine and sport as performance, it is likely that

athletes will use technology to control and manage their bodies

When the sociology of sport is used to study sport participation among women, the primary focus would likely be on

women’s access to the time and resources needed to play sports

Which of the following is LEAST likely to be a concern among sociologists who study sports?

The motivation and personalities of athletes

The author explains that a sociological approach to studying sports

will grow if it produces knowledge that is useful to many people

When sociologists study ideologies, they focus on

webs of ideas and beliefs that people use to make sense of the world

When a coach accuses male players of not playing well by saying that they "play like girls," his statement is most likely to motivate the players if they

accept dominant gender ideology

Sociology helps us examine

social life in context

When girls and women first challenged dominant gender ideology by entering the male world of sports, they were

demonized as abnormal and immoral

Physical activity participation rates are most likely to be high in a society when the definition of sport focuses on

a wide range of physical activities that are pleasurable for participants

When sociologists say that sports are "contested activities," they mean that

people may struggle over what sports are and who should play them

The great sport myth is based on the belief that

sport is essentially pure and good

Widespread acceptance of the great sport myth leads people to

see little need to study sports from a critical perspective

The definition of sports in any particular context usually represents the ideas and interests of

some people more than others

Sports are logical topics for sociologists to study because

sports are such a pervasive part of many people’s lives today

Sport facilities and programs are most likely to be supported by government agencies and tax money when people see sports as

contributing to the common good

The author explains that we should study sports as parts of the social world because sports are

closely connected with important ideas and meanings in social life

Racial ideology refers to

ideas and beliefs that people use to give meaning to skin color

After reading Sports in Society the author hopes that people will

make informed choices about sports in their lives and their society

Which of the following is a FALSE statement about ideologies?

Ideologies are stable and unchanging cultural perspectives

Sports are social constructions. This means that they are

created by people as they interact with each other

The author points out that sport cultures are

created as people in sports interact with each other

One of the most hotly contested aspects of sports in society is

who plays sports under what conditions

According to the definition often used by people in North America, sport is an activity that involves

physical challenges or competitive contests

Dominant gender ideology in most societies has traditionally emphasized that

female inferiority in sports is based in nature

Which of the following is not one of the three key concepts used in sociology?

Social conflict

People in the sociology of sport are mostly concerned with studying

the social worlds created in and around sports

When compared with past research in the sociology of sport, current research is more likely to focus on

physical culture in particular social worlds

Official definitions of sport have important implications because they identify the activities that

receive the most financial and political support

The connections between ideologies and sports are


It is difficult to develop a single definition of sports because

the organization and meaning of sports vary by culture

Ableist ideology is used to

identify people as disabled

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