Soccer Fields of Cultural [Re]Production: Creating “Good Boys” in Suburban America

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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Zwick and Andrews (1999) argued that suburban American soccer fields merit critical academic attention because they highlight the practices of a dominant class. To gain an understanding of this specific field of power and privilege, I employed a multifaceted ethnographic approach to studying a group of upper-middle-class mothers whose children played youth soccer. I used Pierre Bourdieu’s (1984, 1993) sociological theories regarding the interplay between habitus and capital to analyze how the mothers shaped their sons’ youth sport experience to reproduce class status and social advantage in the next generation.

The author is with Towson University, Kinesiology Department, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD, 21252; lswanson@towson.edu.

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