This study researches how dominant American football is in American sport culture. The study also examines why American football is dominant in American sport culture. To answer these questions the theory of Religion by Emile Durkheim was used to look at football as a religion. The methods used were semi -structured interviews, document analysis, and observation. The finding show that football is a religion because it uses totems of the sacred and profane unites people of America, and the game is passed through generations. Additional findings were football is so entertaining to Americans because the aspect of strategy. Cheerleading is a very powerful tool for women to be integrated and learn the game. These aspects are the reason football has become the most popular sport in America.


Matsuzawa, Setsuko


Sociology and Anthropology


Gender and Sexuality | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Sports Studies


football american culture

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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