The Paradox of Social Class and Sports Involvement

  title={The Paradox of Social Class and Sports Involvement},
  author={Thomas C. Wilson},
  journal={International Review for the Sociology of Sport},
  pages={16 - 5}
  • T. C. Wilson
  • Published 1 March 2002
  • Education, Economics
  • International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Studies in the sociology of sport have found that the higher one's social class, the greater is one's overall involvement in sports, but the less likely is one's involvement in what have come to be called `prole' sports. Using data from the 1993 General Social Survey, this study tests two explanations for this paradox, one stressing class-based differences in cultural capital and the other emphasizing class-based differences in economic capital. Findings show that those who are richest in… 

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