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Introduction Status and specific socioeconomic levels influence the choice of sport in which people participate Coakley and White support this notion as they suggest that Individual decisions to participate in physical activity are shaped by a complex dynamic in which economic factors class and gender parental and peer influences leadership and location intersect 1992 Therefore its logical to assume that people in upper and upper-middle classes may be inclined to participate in sports such as golf tennis and polo then that of lower socioeconomic classes Conversely people in lower socioeconomic classes may be more likely to participate in team sports such as football basketball volleyball and baseball Sports help define moral and political community noted MacClancy He goes on to say Sport is not a reflection of some postulated essence of society but an integral part of society and one moreover which may be used as means of reflecting on society 1996 From these statements questions arise Do lower socioeconomic classes emphasize sports as a way out as opposed to the upper class that might view sport as strictly recreation Do these opinions on sport vary from class to class and if they do what kind of impact does it have on other aspects of society such as family values education and self-concept Review Theories such as symbolic interaction emphasize that learning and self-identity is brought on by various symbols people encounter through life These symbols are things such as objects colors concepts sounds facial expressions or body movements that stand for something beyond themselves Therefore the symbol is not dictated by its physical characteristics but rather its meaning developed by the people who create and use it For many youth the recreation or neighbor center is a non-threatening relatively unstructured place to play sports and hang out in an otherwise high-risk urban area Wilson 2001 The study shows how youth in a neighbor center context maintained an informal
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