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You will identify an individual or group in sport that has been subjected to some form of oppression or injustice, and write a paper critically discussing the social actions taken for greater equality and power. You should also endeavor to outline the arguments made by those who attempted to resist change. The paper should incorporate larger social issues outside of sport, and describe how the actions taken by the chosen individual or group have affected American society and culture. You may choose topics and events from the entire history of American sport for this assignment. Some suggested topics might involve individuals or groups that have been faced with unjust practices/policies related to race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age.
- 5-7 double-spaced pages
- 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins
- Use a consistent format for in-text citations and reference list (APA, MLA, or Chicago is fine)
- No quoted material from sources; if you need to reference a source, paraphrase or summarize the main idea that you want to reference
- At least two different primary sources (Academic journals or Academic-oriented books) You may cite Sage & Eitzen or any journal articles we read in class.
- At least two different secondary sources describing the event(s). These should include newspaper articles from legitimate publications such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Athletic, New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, & Local newspapers.
- The paper must be an original work created for this class. No essays from previous classes will be accepted.
Potential questions and themes for your paper
- Describe social actions taken. What were the arguments for or against change? Was there a boycott? Strike? Protest? Media fight?
- Sport is often a barometer for larger social issues in America. Therefore, how did the actions taken by the individual or group fit within the larger sociohistorical context? For example, Jackie Robinson’s experience in baseball reflected larger issues of racial integration in America.
- Were the social actions successful in creating change? Why or why not?
- Avoid simply documenting the social action. Discuss and analyze the events in the context of our class discussions and scholarly research
Potential outline (You do not have to follow this if you
- Briefly outline the topic
- What is the general theme of the paper? Are you discussing labor relations, race/ethnicity issues, gender equity, socioeconomic access to sport…etc.?
- Why did you choose this topic?
- Briefly outline the topic
- Why is this social action important in the broader context of sport and society?
- Thesis statement: Therefore, this paper will discuss….
- History and context of social action
- What happened? What led to these events? What occurred after/before? Did things change? Who was involved?
- Support your discussion with scholarly references.
- Sociological discussion of action
- What theories can be applied?
- What have scholarly publications said on the subject? Discuss the literature.
- What were the arguments for or against the social action at the time?
- If the action happened a long time ago, what are the effects today in sport and society? If the action is recent, what do scholars predict will occur 10-15 years from now? What do you think will occur based on the research?
- Summarize the arguments discussed in your paper.
- What further social actions may occur that are similar to the one you discussed?
- Final thoughts.