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Sport & Religion/Sports Figures as Change Agents

1.) Religious beliefs in China and religious beliefs among Native Americans are difficult to separate from beliefs about the material world. Explain the similarities between these two approaches to religion and how they might influence sport participation and the meanings that are given to it in each cultural setting.

2.) Athletes are very visible and popular people in many cultures today. However, very few of them can be described as change agents in society. Why are athletes not likely to be agents of change? What factors interfere with them playing this role in society? Use specific examples to support your answer.

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1.) Religious beliefs in China and religious beliefs among Native Americans are difficult to separate from beliefs about the material world. Explain the similarities between these two approaches to religion and how they might influence sport participation and the meanings that are given to it in each cultural setting.

In China and among Native Americans, religious and life philosophies are closely entwined. In both cultures, religious beliefs are difficult to separate out from the cultural ideology as a whole, and the beliefs have become engrained as part of lifestyle. The two cultures place great emphasis on nature and living in line with nature. In the Chinese culture, this would be seen through the "chi" while in Native American culture there is a connection through the earth, wind, sun, moon.

In both cultures, sport often incorporates or mimics animals, as in Tai Chi in ...

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This solution explains the similarities between Chinese and Native American's approaches to religion and how they influence sport participation and the messages that are given in each cultural setting. It also describes why so few athletes are considered change agents in society, and the factors that interfere with them playing this role in society. Examples are provided.

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