Title page for ETD etd-4898-103455

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rice, Andrew Alan
Author's Email Address andrewrice@juno.com
URN etd-4898-103455
Title Division I Female Soccer Players: Development of the Self Across Time and Interactional Groups
Degree Master of Science
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bailey, Carol A.
Bryant, Clifton D.
Fuhrman, Ellsworth R. Committee Chair
  • Deviance
  • Self
  • Socialization
  • Mead
  • Negotiation
  • Interaction
  • Social Groups
  • Developmental Stages
Date of Defense 1998-05-05
Availability unrestricted
Division I Female Soccer Players:

Development of the Self Across Time and Interactional Groups

Andrew Alan Rice


This study is intended to explore the interactive effect of

various interpersonal groups and longitudinal maturation on

the socialization of individuals within a culture. It will

deal with conflict resolution and the formation of a

transitory sense of self informed by George Herbert Mead's

perspective with an emphasis on symbolic interaction. I

have chosen as my sample group a division I female college

soccer team in the eastern United States . My time as an

assistant coach has given me access to the daily lives of

these players for a two year period during which I have

acted as a participant observer. Although the study is

limited to a small group of elite athletes, it is presumed

that similar processes are at work each time an individual

enters a new social setting or attempts to reconcile

conflicting norms between different groups. When such

groups collide, the individual is forced to conform to one

at the expense of the other(s). This creates what I will

call deviant conformity

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