Mehmet Şahin, Münci Kaplan


In this research, it has been tried to determine the position of sports or sports activities as a tool to increase or decrease harmony and union in social relations. The expected outcome of as assumption of our research is sports to increase social union or to provide positive contribution to build harmonious human relations. Antalya province L type Prison, which hosts 1450 convicts, chosen as the research area. The function of sport, as a social union tool, is one of the aims of this study. For this aim, one-on-one interviews are made with the prisoners and convicts. In second phase, volunteers were selected to play sports and for 10 weeks soccer, which is a team sport and attracted the greatest interest of convicts, was played. This study was conducted with 50 convicts who play sports and 50 convicts who do not play sports. The findings, which obtained as result, were seen low specific to certain indicators and were seen rather strong in some. Sports activities increase harmony and social union in human relations. The validity of this judgement is confirmed in the relations of people with themselves in small group relations, in relation with the surrounding social world, and finally in relation to public administration units.


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