International Graduate Centre for the Study of Cultue (GCSC) of Justus-Liebig University Giessen (Germany)
Aristide Fongang Tchewonpi is currently a PhD candidate at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) of Justus-Liebig University Giessen (Germany). He got his Master of Arts Degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Sakarya (Turkey). He mainly works in the field of sociology of sport.
Sociological Analysis of the Social Functions of Sport: Case Study in the Cameroonian Contex Sociological
Few decades ago, sport rarely featured in the mainstream of the social sciences because it was perceived as a lower form of culture. Therefore, it was not worthy of serious study and was not easily addressed by social scientific theories. In the recent years, significant academic works related to sport and Africa particularly (relations between sport and gender, race, politic, economy, health, etc.) have been realised by social scientists from all over the world. But in the existing literature, the question of the social functions of sport is not yet extensively elaborated and needs to be more critically analysed. The main assumption of this paper is that, sport could deliver to societies in Africa the social cohesion, national unity, social and economic development that protagonists often declare. This paper will lay emphasis on the social-emotional, socialisation, integrative, political, and social mobility functions of Sport. These functions will be analysed and applied to the case of an African country, namely Cameroon. Empirical data will be collected from various media sources such as newspapers, web pages, and online magazines. At the end, this work is an attempt to contribute to the analysis and understanding of sport and its role in Africa, from a sociological standpoint.