Match!

Teamwork in sport: a sociological analysis

Published on Feb 1, 2017in Sport in Society
· DOI :10.1080/17430437.2017.1284798
Vidar Halldorsson4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Iceland),
Thorolfur Thorlindsson24
Estimated H-index: 24
(University of Iceland),
Michael A. Katovich12
Estimated H-index: 12
(TCU: Texas Christian University)
Abstract
AbstractThe importance of creating and maintaining a working order and solidarity among sports teams is one of the more taken-for-granted assumptions among participants and observers. Even so, delineating the dynamics of its importance, especially in regard to teamwork and insider knowledge (or secrecy) remains unexplored. This paper attempts to fill this gap by employing classical sociological concepts from Durkheim, Mead, and Goffman to discuss the practical and sociological importance of teamwork. We examine two internationally successful Icelandic sport teams to show how the prosocial aspects of teamwork, secrecy, and backstage behavior, keep teammates bonded to each other and to the culture in which they become embedded. Our analysis also highlights the importance of collective representations, organic solidarity and the dynamic processes involving self-presentation, ideoculture and negotiation of meaning.
  • References (39)
  • Citations (2)
📖 Papers frequently viewed together
3 Citations
2015
6 Citations
78% of Scinapse members use related papers. After signing in, all features are FREE.
References39
Newest
#1Emile DurkheimH-Index: 54
Originally published in 1893 and never out of print, Emile Durkheim's groundbreaking work remains one of the cornerstone texts of the sociological canon--now updated and re-translated in this new edition.As the Industrial Revolution was changing the landscape of society, Durkheim presented a new vision of the social structures at the root of capitalism, and the issues he grappled with still resound today. If pre-industrial societies were held together by common values, sentiments, and norms, equ...
4,867 Citations
#1Georg SimmelH-Index: 38
(441 article begins page) All relationships of people to each other rest, as a matter of course, upon the precondition that they know something about each other. The merchant knows that his correspondent wants to buy at the lowest price and to sell at the highest price. The teacher knows that he may credit to the pupil a certain quality and quantity of information. Within each social stratum the individual knows approximately what measure of culture he has to presuppose in each other individual....
257 Citations
Farrell’s (2001) theory of collaborative circles provides a useful frame for analyzing the interpersonal dynamics that enable creative collaboration in small groups, but it leaves contextual factors of collaboration undertheorized. Using ethnographic data on freestyle BMXers in Greenville, North Carolina, this article demonstrates how resource mobilization theory’s conception of resources can specify the enabling and constraining aspects of a circle’s environment in a theoretically satisfying wa...
29 CitationsSource
#1Anthony T. Pescosolido (UNH: University of New Hampshire)H-Index: 10
#2Richard Saavedra (CMU: Carnegie Mellon University)H-Index: 1
Cohesion has historically been considered one of the most important variables in the study of small group dynamics and has historically been one of the most frequently studied of group-level constructs. In this commentary we consider why and how group cohesion influences behavior in sports teams and why and how it operates differently in different types of teams. Specifically, we note that sports teams operate in extremely well-defined contexts, with much greater clarity in terms of goals, membe...
32 CitationsSource
#1Richard SennettH-Index: 30
Living with people who differ - racially, ethnically, religiously or economically - is one of the most urgent challenges facing civil society today. "Together" argues that co-operation needs more than good will: it is a craft that requires skill. In modern society traditional bonds are waning, and we must develop new forms of secular, civic ritual that make us more skilful in living with others. From Medieval guilds to today's social networks, Richard Sennett's visionary book explores the nature...
344 Citations
13 Citations
Aims: In this paper I take up the quest for an integrated approach to health promotion and prevention that incorporates the social context. I suggest that an integrated theory of public health has to rethink the individual society relationships and move beyond the dominance of socialization theory and individual level analysis. Methods: A theoretical analysis of key issues in an integrated theory of public health. Results: I maintain that we must shift the attention away from the individual to t...
13 CitationsSource
#1James A. Evans (U of C: University of Chicago)H-Index: 23
Robert Merton famously characterized modern science as distinct from other social spheres by the importance of sharing. In contrast, secrecy is often claimed the most frequent method companies employ to benefit from their discoveries. This study interrogates these claims, and then uses fieldwork on academic research with the popular plant model Arabidopsis thaliana and the companies that support it to explore the nature of sharing in academy and industry. Using archival materials and panel model...
51 CitationsSource
677 Citations
This paper investigates the effects that different patterns of similarity among group members have on a group s performance on a problem-solving task. I discuss and test hypotheses on the effects of similarity on group performance derived from two literatures: balance theory and research on homophily. In an experiment I found that the relative balance of the pattern of similarity was more important in predicting how quickly groups establish norms of interaction and complete a task than how simil...
8 CitationsSource
Cited By2
Newest
#1Frode Telseth (University College of Southeast Norway)H-Index: 1
#2Vidar Halldorsson (University of Iceland)H-Index: 4
AbstractEvery now and then – but with surprising regularity – small nations break through to the international level in sports and attract the attention of the global sports world. This paper focuses on two such occasions in men’s international football: the Norwegian national team in the 1990s and Iceland’s national team in the 2010s. We conducted case studies of the two teams, which consisted of interviews, observation of games and published material. The key emerging themes were how sport suc...
3 CitationsSource
#1Vanessa Ratten (La Trobe University)H-Index: 25
The aim of this chapter is to focus on different perspectives of sport entrepreneurship in order to develop a better theoretical foundation. This will help by enabling engagement with stakeholders in sport as a way to advocate entrepreneurship. The historical foundation of entrepreneurship is discussed that leads to an overview of the role of sport and lifestyle entrepreneurship. Different research dimensions of sport entrepreneurship are then highlighted as a way to facilitate knowledge infrast...
Source