Transnational organizations and practitioners who use sport for international development often position sport as a unique option for tackling development challenges. While sport can be a tool for social change, the authors in this collection bring a critical eye to this assumption and offer new perspectives on the use of sport for development and peace (SDP) in local and global contexts. The book seeks to generate new dialogues and explore linkages for development and SDP researchers through considerations of sport’s potential to challenge and/or perpetuate key global issues and problems. These analyses consider the SDP work done ‘on the ground’ and interrogate the historical, social and political circumstances of these practices. The authors explore how best to examine, theorize, critique and potentially improve local SDP initiatives.
This book will be of great interest to students and researchers of both Development Studies and Sport. It was originally published as a special issue of the online journal Third World Thematics.
1. Innovations in sport for development and peace research Megan Chawansky, Lyndsay Hayhurst, Mary McDonald & Cathy van Ingen
2. The challenges of articulating ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ development through sport David R. Black
3. Considering sport for development and peace through the capabilities approach Simon C. Darnell & Michael Dao
4. Travelling discourses of Title IX: gender and sport for development in an era of securitised interests Mary G. McDonald
5. Atlanta’s Westside residents challenge the rules of sport mega-development Kate Diedrick & Christopher A. Le Dantec
6. Indicator culture in sport for development and peace: a transnational analysis of governance networks Kathryn Henne
7. The politics of pleasure in girl-centred sport for development programming Megan Chawansky & Alison Carney
8. Critical pedagogy and power relations in sport for development and peace: lessons from Colombia Sarah Oxford & Ramón Spaaij
9. Image-ining resistance: using participatory action research and visual methods in sport for development and peace Lyndsay M. C. Hayhurst
THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.
THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.