East-West: the practise of sports as revealing aspects of french and hungarian societies

Abstract : The same sociological study was carried out in Hungary and in France (C. Louveau and M. Metoudi 1987). This concerned the practise of sports, in the large sense 1 , within the two populations and allowed us to measure the situations from the same theoretical point of view by using the same questionnaire and by analysing the data from the same hypotheses and statistical processes. This is the report of the first comparison of data; it shows some of the greatest similarities and differences noted and suggests some possible explanations. It presents the overall results in a rough ontline form to shed light on the specific characteristics of the two sports cultures, playing on the contrast between them. This report is no more than a rough sketch leading to curiosities and questions, inviting other analyses of the same data. This lack of pretension is even more justified given the circumstances: the French survey was carried out first (in 1985) and the results had already been analysed and published (P. Irlinger/C. Louveau and M. Metoudi 1987)) when we began to compare the sports habits of the two countries, and therefore when we had barely discovered the Hungarian data. The Hungarian survey was taken in 1988 and the first figure listings and initial analyses were released in 1989 (G. Földesi 1989). However, it was the French conclusions which, for the most part, shaped our questioning of the situation. There is nothing surprising in this: sociological work necessarily relies on given facts, and for this work the given facts were closely related and easily accessible; they inevitably guided our footsteps. 2 Also these guidelines can be modified in the future, when the careful analysis of the Hungarian data raises questions and suggest other lines of comparison.
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Gyongyi Földesi, Paul Irlinger, Catherine Louveau, Michéle Metoudi. East-West: the practise of sports as revealing aspects of french and hungarian societies. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, SAGE Publications, 1994, 29 (2), pp.149-170. ⟨10.1177/101269029402900203⟩. ⟨hal-01759808⟩

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