In a league of their own: Mental leveling and the creation of social comparability in sport

  title={In a league of their own: Mental leveling and the creation of social comparability in sport},
  author={Kristen Purcell},
  journal={Sociological Forum},
Social measurement involves comparison across highly varying subjects, possible only when a degree of similarity is perceived among disparate events. Assuming sport as a prototype, this paper argues that such comparability derives from a three-pronged process of mental leveling.By (1) matchingopponents according to characteristics thought to influence the object or trait in question, (2) standardizingtheir performances, and (3) scalingthe resulting competitive leagues against one another… Expand
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