Rethinking Sports and Integration: Developing a Transnational Perspective on Migrants and Descendants in Sports, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Rethinking Sports and Integration

Developing a Transnational Perspective on Migrants and Descendants in Sports, 1st Edition

By Sine Agergaard


116 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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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. 


"…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,

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

About the Author

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).

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Sport, Culture and Society

Routledge Focus on Sport, Culture and Society showcases the latest cutting-edge research in the sociology of sport and exercise. Concise in form (20,000-50,000 words) and published quickly (within three months), the books in this series represents an important channel through which authors can disseminate their research swiftly and make an impact on current debates. We welcome submissions on any topic within the socio-cultural study of sport and exercise, including but not limited to subjects such as gender, race, sexuality, disability, politics, the media, social theory, Olympic Studies, and the ethics and philosophy of sport. The series aims to be theoretically-informed, empirically-grounded and international in reach, and will include a diversity of methodological approaches.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports