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Rethinking Sports and Integration
Developing a Transnational Perspective on Migrants and Descendants in Sports

ISBN 9780367894177
Published December 3, 2019 by Routledge
126 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Rethinking Sports and Integration offers a critical cultural analysis of the idea that sport can promote the integration of migrants and their descendants. It examines the origins of this idea and the concept of integration, and analyzes the problems in focus, the methods applied and the results of sports-related integration programmes.

The text also redefines sports-related integration with perspectives from migration studies that highlight the super-diversity within migrant groups, and explore the various ways in which transnational connections influence participation in sport within migrant communities.

This book is important reading for students and researchers working in sport development, sport policy or migration studies, as well as a valuable resource for sports governing bodies, policymakers and project workers. 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Defining sports-related integration and its shortcomings

3. Evolving policies of sports-related integration

4. Broadening the problem in focus

5. Rethinking programme techniques

6. Critiquing expectations of social capital in sports

7. Applying diversity management

8. Conclusion: Recapitulating sports-related integration policies and programmes

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Sine Agergaard is a social anthropologist and professor in humanistic and social sports science at the Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. She is also a co-founder and currently the head of the International Network for Research in Sport and Migration Issues (spomi-net).


"...delivers a detailed and comprehensive explanation and critique on sports-related integration concepts and policies. {...} Rethinking Sport and Integrationis an important addition to the literature on sport research related to migration and integration. Agergaard draws extensively from various perspectives and case studies, as well as from adjacent fields such as race, ethnicity, sports and migration studies to support her contentions. She further presents a solid conceptual and theoretically informed framework to re-examine the issues pertaining to policies and initiatives that are established to promote integration through and in sport."

Sepandarmaz Mashreghi 2019, Dept of Sport Sciences, Malmö University,