In recent years there has been a drastic increase in popular concern for the natural environment. In addition, anthropologists have increasingly explored the role of sports in a social context. Simon Darnell examined the roles that sports can play in establishing peace and furthering international development of communities. Works of this nature have pushed the idea that certain sports can in fact elicit change in communities and cultures. I argue that this idea should be true for fostering the development of environmentally conscious communities. Brock and Coglianese highlight population retention and motivation as the main problems with social groups. In this study I use an augmented version of Marvin Harris' cultural materialist analytical model to show the ethos of Ultimate Frisbee communities will resonate with ideals of environmentally conscious communities. Through this resonance, the sport of Ultimate Frisbee can provide a vehicle for propagating and maintaining environmental consciousness.


Kardulias, P. Nicholas


Sociology and Anthropology




sports, anthropology, ultimate frisbee

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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