Sport in Society: How Sport Influences Culture and Impacts Social Change

Recorded Date: November 4, 2020

As a cultural phenomenon, sport acts as a mirror for society and is equally as complex and contradictory. Sport holds a central place in society, with athletes and sports organizations having stature and visibility. Its worldwide audience cuts across gender, race, and socioeconomic lines, enabling sport to bridge cultural gaps, resolve conflict, and educate people in ways that few other social institutions can.

Sport has often been a platform to confront social injustice and calls for change. Doping scandals (Barcelona, 1992; Russia, 2018), politically motivated boycotts (Moscow, 1980; Los Angeles,1984), and terrorist attacks (Munich, 1972) have initiated sweeping changes across the sport and cultural landscape. 

Dr. Jennifer Walinga from the School of Communication and Culture, and athletes Cath Bishop and Laryssa Biesenthal explored how sports intersect with social concerns and how political, cultural, humanitarian, and health pressures have challenged the sports community to rethink the role of sport within society, and have brought into focus a need for change in sport values and practice.

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Communication, Leadership