author={Otmar Weiss},
  journal={International Review for the Sociology of Sport},
  pages={393 - 405}
  • O. Weiss
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Education
  • International Review for the Sociology of Sport
The mechanism of role adoption is a constituent of identity reinforcement or social recognition in sport. It enables actors to realize and confirm their identities. This can occur because sport is a culturally specific and clearly visible activity. As sport takes place unequivocally within the context of society's significant symbols, it can have an impact on the actor's self-perception, self-esteem, and self-worth. In other words, sport has a vital social dimension since it ideally combines… 

(Per)forming identity in the mind-sport bridge: Self, partnership and community

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The relationship between exercise dependence and identity reinforcement: a sociological examination of a gym-based environment in the United Kingdom

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Identity Negotiating: Redefining Stigmatized Identities through Adaptive Sports and Recreation Participation among Individuals with a Disability

Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the meanings and outcomes of adaptive sport and recreation participation among individuals with disabilities. In-depth open-ended interviews were

School sports and identity formation: Socialisation or selection?

Results indicate that participating in this school sport competition did not influence the student identity and sport identity of children, suggesting that a selected, predisposed group of children with a strong sport identity participates in school sports, although future research is necessary to test this hypothesis.

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Psychosocial and Socio-Environmental Correlatesof Sport Identity and Sport Participationin Secondary School-Age Children

Although sport offers many psychological and physical health benefits, only a minority of youngsters become seriously involved. One construct that has po-tential to describe psychological commitment

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This chapter considers the influence and effects of acculturation, bicultural stress and identity issues among US-born Mexican–Americans in regards to soccer. Sports are often a major reason people



Sport Identity Salience, Commitment, and the Involvement of Self in Role: Measurement Issues

The social psychological concept of identity has been recognized as an important approach to the study of role-related behavior, including sports behavior. Identity has been linked theoretically to

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The aim of this paper is to describe the communicative situation of sports in media as a pseudosocial relationship which the recipients have towards the athletes. It will be shown that this surrogate

Sport, Popular Culture and Identity

Maurice Roche presents an edited text that examines sport as an important component and driving force of popular culture. The volume is the outcome of a larger workshop on "Social Identity and

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Twelve field studies of specific social roles are used to show particular aspects of role enactment. The author uses the symbolic interaction perspective, along with sociological and social

The construction and confirmation of identity in sport subcultures.

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The effects of receiving a college letter on the sport identity.

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The Changing politics of sport

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The Role and the Person

  • R. Turner
  • Psychology
    American Journal of Sociology
  • 1978
As a complement to the familiar idea of self-conception, the concept of role-person merger is proposed as a more behavioral approach to understanding the social construction of personality than has

Mirrors and masks : the search for identity

Identity as a concept is as elusive as everyone's sense of his own personal identity. It is connected with appraisals made by oneself and by others. Each person sees himself mirrored in the judgments