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Critical Analysis – Sports Sociology

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A critical examination of one current affairs article concerning sports. The article must be from a Canadian or international newspaper and must be at least 250 words long. The article must have been published after January 1, 2016 (i.e. since the start of term) and be from a newspaper or magazine. Articles from a website, blog, or TV website (e.g. CBC, TSN, etc.) are not permitted. Online versions of a newspaper or magazine article are acceptable. Attach a copy of this article to the assignment.


Purpose: To become familiar with current debates and themes in peer-reviewed scholarly articles and print media coverage related to the Sociology of Sport. To critically analyze two recently published articles and critically respond to their arguments, content, and implications.


Background: Throughout this course we have been using a critical perspective to examine issues related to sports culture. This entails an examination of how power and dominant ideologies shape culture and various social worlds/subcultures in sports. Critical analysis involves a consideration of power relations and the interests that are and are not represented in dominant images, narratives, and discourses. Applying concepts, theories, and discourses from sociology of sport research to social phenomena allows us critically assess the status quo and offer suggestions on how to change it.

you should answer the following questions:


·       What argument(s) is/are the article making? What perspective is the article arguing from?

·       How does the article relate to what we are studying in the course?

·       What are the reasons provided for the argument(s)? What is the evidence used by the author?

·       What words or phrases does the article use in order to explain the story/issue? In what ways do these support a particular ideological position?

·       Which concepts or theories from the course can you use to describe the issues in the article? Be sure to explain these terms and apply them to the article.

·       Using a critical theory perspective, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the article? Whose perspective or voice is represented/missing? How could the article be improved?


Your analyses will be enhanced by clearly articulating an argument in each part. Use your argument to organize your analyses in a clear and logical way.


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