Meritocracy

· How and why is the message that sport is a meritocracy trained into us?

· A portion of your answer to This question will need to include an examination of the “rags to riches” narrative. Consider how it might operate as a control mechanism. How does the narrative affect the lower class disproportionately? How does it benefit those who hold power in sport? Are sports a meritocracy?

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· How do resources affect sport entry (youth), training (college), and exit (social positioning)?

· Are the very athletes who already lacked resources being set up to fail in transitioning through the phases of sport?

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