Conflict Sports

Durkheim’s take on Marx’s conflict theory is comparable to looking at sports. When you look at a sport, when they first start they are not that organized but if you look at the progression of a sport over time it slowly changes. That is because people learn what does not work for the sport and times change and sports tend to change with time. The players in sports have a separation between the more skilled players than the less skilled players. The more skilled players have more power and social status on the team because they know more and become more valuable, while the less skilled players have to learn to become a good player. In order for the less skilled player to become more skilled they must show up to practice and keep doing the same thing over and over again and over time they will get better at it. On the team, everyone works together but some people might play different roles than others, but they all have their functions on the team. The players also work with Durkheim’s view of conformity, as the players that are from a team will look like they belong to the team because the people are following the norms made for that team. New people on a team will not look like they are a part of the group but over time they will learn the group’s norms and start to look like the rest of the team.  Durkheim also believed that conflict in society would go away over time. This is like conflict with players on a team either the conflict will go away with time. A way to contradict this though is the conflict might not go away and will just persist until someone leaves or ages out of the team. Another problem with this comparison is that someone might not conform to a sport but leave the sport or team and decide to do something else. This part of sports fits in with Weber’s idea that people have differences in behaviors so they are a part of them team but they are individuals. Using Weber’s point of view in the conflict theory we can look at teams differently. The team’s members are not just conforming and working together but competing against one another to show who the best is. Weber idea says that status groups are more likely to compete. Looking at it this way the new members of the team are competing to be better than the more experienced ones and the more experienced working to stay better than the less experienced. 

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2 thoughts on “Conflict Sports

  1. One of my favorite examples of competition is workplace competition. An organismic analogy on the workplace would liken each employee’s position to an organ in the human body. The marketplace is the world that a company struggles to survive within, and it is better able with more capable employees. But, everyone wants to be the brain. People blame their foibles on others, and hesitate to hire intellects for fear of being passed by on the company ladder. If a company is like a human body, its organs have a chance to fight each other. Needless to say, I think a company is more like a company.

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