In RSS 4092, we recently attempted to look at sport in the “big picture”, particularly how it relates to systems in the West.
In his big picture “take”, renowned scholar Earle Ziegler described the “big four” ruling the Western World as:
- democracy as a most desirable type of political institution
- economic capitalism as a most desirable social institution
- nationalism as a most desirable form of identification AND
- sport as a most desirable human behaviour
Each force is said to bring more “good” than “bad”, hence its perceived desirability.
However, Ziegler goes on to state that in the 21st century West, we are experiencing a:
- decrease in democracy
- rise in inequality
- unchecked nationalism
Ziegler concludes by asking about sport:
- How does our model of sport fit?
- Is sport fulfilling its presumed function of promoting good in a society?
and perhaps even more critically for RSS 4092ers,
- “Exactly what is it that we are promoting, and why are we doing it?”