compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
Reality [IS] constructed; whether by the
individual • family • school, or society.
However, all people are born into a world that [IS]
already constructed. Modern society [IS] becoming
more rigid in its construction and less of a possibility
exists for personal freedom and satisfaction.
The world culture that we live in [IS] consolidating,
as we speak, under international capitalist values.
The debate between capitalism and other forms of
societal structures rage on, but capitalism continues
to dominate and expand its control. IF we believe
that capitalism and the political military economy
that arises out of it are the best of all possible worlds,
as we have been socialised to accept, then why does
the struggle against oppression continue?
In the sports section of every notable newspaper in
the world the drama of life is reproduced; but in a
different, more acceptable form than the headlines
of death, destruction, war and peace. Games are
played by real people with each contest a new plot
Spectators gain access to this rich drama by watching
athletes involved in the fantasy of play.
THIS WORLD contrasts sharply with the world of
widespread alienation, a world in which people
long for close individual and communal ties to
overcome the impersonality and coldness of life.
Sports act as the magic elixir that nourishes; the
rest of the world merely drains.
Sport conjures up the mythic in all of us, a time
when everything is pure, existence at its most
basic level. However, this perception of "sports"
as decontextualised from culture ignores the very
reality of sport and its intimate relationship with
SOCIAL POWER STRUCTURES.
Joseph S. Belichick - Playing With Power Sports and Politics in American
Culture • A Thesis for Bachelor of Arts in American Studies.
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