A Critical Review of “the Ambiguities of Football, Politics, Culture, and Social Transformation in Latin America” by Tamir Bar-on.

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A Critical Review of “The Ambiguities of Football, Politics, Culture, and Social Transformation in Latin America” by Tamir Bar-On. Introduction: In Latin America, soccer is not a game; it is a way of life. It is mixed in with politics and nationalism. It defines social classes. How politically influential is soccer in Latin America? It is used by “various Latin American socio-economic elites in order to retard the acceleration of working class and popular discontent” (Bar-On 1997:1.8). Is it then not intriguing that women play no part in the scheme of things? I can immediately off the top of my head name at least 5 male professional soccer players… and not a single female player. Tamir Bar-On discusses in detail the influence of…show more content…
• Reference: Khattab, Nabil. "Ethnicity, Class and the Earning Inequality in Israel, 1983-1995." Sociological Research Online Volume 10, Issue 330 Sep 2005 14 Nov 2007 . Article 3: • Title: Organisation Man – Woman and Organisational Culture by G. Coates • Connection to research problem: This article is connected to my sociological problem in that it shows that after an extensive research conducted on 240 (male and female) employees with high management positions, more than half the women surveyed declared that they would relocate for their career, thus proving women see work as a central factor in their lives. Of the 240 employees surveyed, only 70 of them were women, again demonstrating a lack of equality in the work force. • Reference: Coates, G. (1997) “Organisation Man – Woman and Organisational Culture” Sociological Research Online Volume 2 Issue 422 Dec 1997 14 Nov 2007 . Critical Review of Tamir Bar-On’s Article: • Thesis Statement: The author argues that soccer in Latin America tends to have a major influence on politics, nationalism, and culture and those professionals in the soccer industry should be using that influence to bring awareness to crucial social and political issues. • Research Method: Bar-On uses secondary analysis as a means of research, that is, he refers to a variety of research techniques that make use of already existing sources, or publicly accessible

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