This thesis was designed as a comparative study of social functions of sport between the United States and Japan. Specifically, the study collected data of the different cultural uses of golf within each country. Local golf pros, of contrasting golf clubs, were interviewed to determine the social differences of a golf course between social classes. Data for the comparison study of the Japanese culture was collected by examining articles which discuss the tremendous golf phenomenon in Japan. The information gathered about Japanese golf was positively related to the theoretical process of hegemony. These findings sharply contrasted the many types of American golf course, both public and private, which assure that golfers of any social or skill level can find an appropriate golf course.


Kardulias, P. Nicholas


Sociology and Anthropology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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