ERIC Number: EJ1030628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Football as a Status System in U.S. Higher Education
Lifschitz, Arik; Sauder, Michael; Stevens, Mitchell L.
Sociology of Education, v87 n3 p204-219 Jul 2014
Sociologists have focused almost exclusively on academic aspects of status in higher education, despite the prominence of nonacademic activities, specifically athletics, in U.S. colleges and universities. We use the case of football to investigate whether intercollegiate sports influence the distribution of status in U.S. higher education. Analyzing data on conference affiliations and other organizational characteristics of 287 schools over time, we find evidence of an athletic status system. Our work expands understanding of status in U.S. higher education, enriches prior explanations for the prominence of football, and generates tractable insights about the ongoing evolution of the intercollegiate conference system.
Descriptors: Team Sports, Social Status, Higher Education, College Athletics, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Evidence, Hypothesis Testing, Institutional Characteristics, Regression (Statistics), Institutional Evaluation, Peer Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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