Culture and Sport

Posted By aborg On Monday, June 7th, 2021 With 0 Comments

Because sport is a universal feature in all cultures, we decided to make it a theme for Compass. Sport is very popular among young people; figures show that in the EU22, 61% of young people aged 15 to 24 participate in sporting activities on a weekly basis. Another rationale for adding sport is that it allows young people to engage in social contact while developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for full engagement in civic life.

Culture and sport are both human rights that are intertwined with other rights. They are also the foundations on which human rights, including those of young people, are frequently questioned and abused.

What exactly do we mean when we say “culture”?

Popular culture, mass culture, urban culture, feminist culture, minority culture, corporate culture, and, last but not least, youth culture are all examples of the term “culture.” We can also discuss a cultured person, who has impeccable manners and has been properly trained in the traditions of literature and art, or culture shock, which refers to a person’s disorientation and dissatisfaction when confronted with a foreign culture. None of these definitions of “culture” are normally addressed by cultural ministries or their equivalent governmental authorities.

The word “culture” is derived from the Latin word “cultura,” which means “to tend, guard, cultivate, or till.” The word initially appeared in the figurative sense of “cultivation through education” around 1500 CE, and it wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century that it was related to concepts about communal practises and ways of life of various communities. 4 This section focuses on the definition of culture as inherited patterns of shared meanings and common understandings.

There is no such thing as a homogeneous culture. Within each culture, “subcultures” can be identified: groups of individuals who have specific traditions and behaviours that distinguish them from the greater culture and other subcultures. Culture is as difficult to define as it is to capture; it is constantly changing and evolving. To paraphrase Heraclitus, the culture in which we communicate today is not the same as the society in which we communicated yesterday. It is, nevertheless, the same in our eyes and perceptions.

In the previous 10 years, what new ideas or technologies have influenced your culture?

Culture […] includes, among other things, ways of life, language, oral and written literature, music and song, nonverbal communication, religion or belief systems, rites and ceremonies, sport and games, methods of production or technology, natural and man-made environments, food, clothing, and shelter, as well as the arts, customs, and traditions through which individuals, groups of individuals, and communities communicate.

Some parts of culture, such as how people dress, are very obvious. The rest of it is essentially subconscious, almost automatic. The metaphor of an iceberg can be used to reflect about culture. Above the waterline, an iceberg has a visible section and a larger, invisible section below. Similarly, culture has some features that we can see and are aware of, as well as others that we can only suspect or imagine and attain through discourse and contemplation. The majority of culture is “invisible,” just as the iceberg’s root is far larger than the upper half. Taking the part for the whole is a risk. We risk missing the vital in humans, in human beings, by focusing on what is visible to us (and that we appear to “understand”).

What exactly do we mean when we say “sport”?

Whether we are viewers or participants, sports, particularly team games, are a significant part of our lives. Football is a never-ending source of discourse for many people; fans have a strong bond with their team, and top players are treated as heroes. The present trend for individuals to desire to look attractive, youthful, athletic, and healthy is reflected in the number of fitness clubs that have opened and the number of slimming magazines that have been produced, while parks are packed with runners. Other pursuits, such as chess, that require mental rather than physical labour are also considered sports. Sport can be directly related to our identity and culture at some time in our lives because there are sports to fit different interests and temperaments.

When we examine the underlying value and purpose of sports and games – including the play of young children – it becomes clear that all sports, whether football, spear throwing, or yoga, have evolved as a means of teaching necessary life skills, which is why sports are considered an important part of the formal and non-formal educational curriculum.