General Module Questions/Prompt. As always, we look for you to produce an original essay that reflects a dynamic engagement with as much of the material as you find necessary to structure your thoughts. Feel free to concentrate on one of the following, or more than one, or develop your own. Please make sure to engage both the texts. 1500-1600 words

  1. Baseball is both national and imperial, global and highly localized. Within all this distinction, is it possible to find common meanings about what the sport has meant to the different communities that have embraced it?
  2. What does baseball tell us about Latino identity in the United States? What is brought to light by examining the social meanings of baseball within this context? What does it teach us about migration, ideology, community, race, assimiliation, or difference?
  3. The German social scientist and philosopher Carlos Marx spoke of religion as “the sign of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” If we substitute “sports” for “religion,” do we have an appropriate language for talking about sports?

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