The values of sport. A sociologic perspective

Klaus Heinemann

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Heinemann, K. (2001). The values of sport. A sociologic perspective. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 64, 17-25.



The thesis of the article is the following: the sport hat not values. The values of sport are: 1. subjective judgements attributed by people according to their sporting experiences and the effects (positive or negative) they perceive; and 2. the judgements attributed to sport from institutions (clubs, fitness centres, the State, educational institutions…). Therefore, the values of sport are secondary and “causal” attributions given by persons and/or institutions. Each of the parts of the article develops the way in which the above mentioned thesis can be demonstrated in different fields: the person, the market (economic value of sport), institutions —mostly clubs— and the State. Conclusions discuss about the problems to establish the values of sport.

Keywords: Ideology, Sociology, Sport, Values.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: April 01, 2001