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Families, Sport, Leisure and Social Justice
From Protest to Progress

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ISBN 9780367756093
January 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
222 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Through a social justice and equity lens, this book examines how families, sport, and leisure connect to broader social issues in society. It goes beyond describing oppression and disadvantaged identities and focuses on advocacy and ways forward to challenge the status quo.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the book draws upon different theories to present important new work on topics as diverse as the role of parents and siblings within youth sport; the family in sport for development and peace; and grandparent–grandchild relationships in sport, leisure, and family tourism. Several topics also bring attention to the multiplicity of family lives such as LGBTQ older adults as well as children and young people in the care of the state. Together, these studies provide important insight into how sport and leisure reflect and refract key contemporary social issues within the context of familial lives.

This is fascinating reading for any student or researcher with an interest in sport, leisure, education, development, sociology, social work, or social policy.

Table of Contents

Part I: Theoretical and Disciplinary Perspectives


1          Introducing Family Research through a Social Justice Lens: From Protest to Progress

            Dawn E. Trussell and Ruth Jeanes


2          Constructing ‘Family’: Leisure as a Context for ‘Doing’ and ‘Displaying’ Family

            Charlene S. Shannon


3          Critical Reflections on Sport and the Family

            Ruth Jeanes, Dawn E. Trussell and Ramón Spaaij


Part II: Gender Justice and Everyday Activism


4          Carrying the Mental Load: Examining Implications for Families, Women’s Leisure, and Gender Justice

            Janet K.L. Mckeown


5          Negotiating Sibling Relationships in Girls’ and Women’s Football in England

            Hanya Pielichaty


6          The Role of the Primary Caregiver with Girls’ Participation in Sport and Leisure in Socially Vulnerable Communities in Columbia

            Sarah Oxford


7          Power Dynamics and Family Structures in the Middle East: Examining Women’s Participation in Sports

            Basant Mohamed


Part III: Intergenerational Considerations and Diverse Family Forms


8          Negotiating the Ideology of Intensive Grandparenthood in Family Leisure

            Shannon Hebblethwaite


9          Examining the Role and Significance of Parental Support on Children’s Uptake of Sport

            Thomas Fletcher


10        Connecting through Family Tourism and Social Inclusion: At the Heart of Society

            Heike Schänzel


11        The Sport and Physical Activity Practices of Care-experienced Young People: Standing Out and Fitting In

            Thomas Quarmby and Rachel Sandford


12        Conceptualizing Family and Leisure in LGBTQ Ageing

            Austin G. Oswald and Nancy Giunta


13        Low-Income Families and Community Leisure and Sport Provisions

            Jackie Oncescu


14        Unequal Distribution of World Wide Web and its Impact on Family Opportunities

            Iryna Sharaievska


Part IV: Moving Forward


15        Critical Reflections and the Ways Forward for Family-Centred Social Justice and Equity Research

            Ruth Jeanes and Dawn E. Trussell

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Dawn E. Trussell is Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management at Brock University, Canada. Broadly defined, her research interests focus on sport and leisure culture in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Her work has a social justice orientation and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Sport Canada’s Research Initiative. She is the President of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies and serves on the Canadian Gender+ Equity in Sport Research Hub, Scientific Committee.


Ruth Jeanes is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Ruth’s research examines the use of sport as a social policy tool to address disadvantage and inequity within marginalised communities. She has published widely in this area and her recent research, examining the role of informal sport in supporting health and social benefits amongst diverse young people has been funded by the Australian Research Council. Ruth was President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies from 2017 to 2020.


"This edited collection is a welcome addition to the growing literature on sport and social justice. Perhaps most important, it re-centers the conversation on families, which opens novel avenues for research about gender, aging, class, social inclusion, and generational relations … This quality resource presents excellent essays that form a cohesive whole. Scholars of the sociology of sport and practitioners will find value in this collection. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals." - C R King, Columbia College Chicago, CHOICE