Age and Gender Patterns of Sport Involvement among the Swiss Labor Force

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Markus LamprechtSwiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

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Hanspeter StammSoziologisches Institut der Universität Zürich

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Under the influence of the Sport for All movement the sport system in Switzerland has changed. Sport has become a leisure-time activity for an increasing number of people and has gained new meanings and forms. Many traditional limitations to participation appear to have been removed. By focusing on gender and age, this study, based on a survey of 1,103 employees, explores the extent to which particularisms and inequalities in contemporary recreational Swiss sport still exist. Although the involvement in sport by men and women, and involvement of different age groups, are quite similar in terms of frequency, their forms and meanings remain different. Using correspondence analysis we identify different sports fields and different sporting patterns by gender and age in terms of motives, places, and activities.

Markus Lamprecht and Hanspeter Stamm are with the L & S Sozialforschung and Beratimg A G, Sonneggstr. 30, CH-8006 Zürich, Switzerland.

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