Socialization Through Sports: The Emergence of National Identity


Sports is a form of competition which involves physical activity and skill. It is a great way to keep the body fit and healthy, but it also develops character and personality.

Socialization through sports: The emergence of national identity

As the world becomes more and more globalized, people are becoming increasingly aware of the role of global sports in shaping national identities. Sports, through the use of nostalgia, mythology, invented traditions, flags, anthems, and ceremonies, provide a means for countries to establish links with their past and develop their sense of their own unique identities.

However, while these patterns enable a sense of belonging and self-definition, they can also lead to ethnic defensiveness or exclusivity. In addition, they can encourage players to engage in cheating and other socially destructive behaviours.

There are a number of ways to watch live sports, including cable TV or subscription services that pair sporting networks with other TV channels. But these services can be expensive, and many offer limited coverage. Streaming services can be a more cost-effective option, but they may not offer as many channels.