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Title: Socioeconomic Inequalities and Athletic Opportunities
Authors: Davis, Jenna
Advisors: Harris, Angel
Department: Sociology
Class Year: 2013
Abstract: Athletics are an important part of society and play a major role in everyday life, shaping personal habits and life trajectory. Engagement in sports significantly contributes to youth development, improving health and confidence, inspiring academic achievement, promoting attributes needed for personal success, and even leading to elite college admission and prestigious employment (Coakley 2011, Rivera 2011, Stevens 2007). But does the organization of sports provide equal access and equal opportunity for all to participate? American societal disparities, such as differences in socioeconomic status, produce vast differences in life opportunities and life chances, directly influencing participation and succes in sports. Responses to questionnaires within the Maryland Adolescent Development in Context Study support this idea, as high socioeconomic status is associated with a greater likelihood of athletic participation among children. Overall, because athletic involvement advantages those from high socioeconomic status, the structure of sports does not provide equal access and opportunity for all.
Extent: 100 pages
Access Restrictions: Walk-in Access. This thesis can only be viewed on computer terminals at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Sociology, 1954-2016

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