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Sport, Development and Environmental Sustainability

1st Edition

Edited by Rob Millington, Simon C. Darnell


204 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This is the first book to consider the intersections of sport, international development and environmental sustainability. It explores the tensions between sport’s potential contribution to the environment and its rather poor record to date.

Bringing together a diverse group of scholars who approach the topic from various disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, the book provides both critical and optimistic perspectives on the place of sport in sustainable development. Chapters examine and question how and whether sport contributes to sustainable development on an international scale. Attention is also paid to the place and role of Indigenous knowledge in sustainable Sport for Development, particularly as an alternative to modernization and/or in support of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Sport, Development and Environmental Sustainability is important reading for academic researchers, students and policy-makers in the fields of kinesiology, sport studies, sport sociology, leisure studies, sport management, sport media, physical cultural studies, environmental studies and sustainability and international development studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Sport, Development and Environmental Sustainability - Issues and Controversies

Rob Millington and Simon C. Darnell

2. Add Sport and Stir?: The SDGs and Sport-Environment-Development

Larry A. Swatuk

3. Golf, the Environment, and Development: Past, Present, and Future

Brad Millington and Brian Wilson

4. Approaching Sport and the Environment through Immersive Education Technologies

Kyle Bunds

5. Postcolonialism, Pristine Natures, and Producing the Village Green: Pastoral Englishness in Indian Cricket-Themed Gated Communities

Devra Waldman and Gavin Weedon

6. From the IOC Sport and Environment Commission to Sustainability and Legacy Commission: The Prospects for the Environmental Sustainability Legacy of Olympic Games Host Nations Under Agenda 2020

John Karamichas

7. Ecological Modernization in 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games: The Elitist and Unjust Environmental Performance

Kyoung-yim Kim

8. Of Mosquitoes and Mega Events: Urban Political Ecologies of the More-Than-Human City

Carolyn Prouse

9. Neoliberalism and Competitive Nationalism: What the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 1982 Asian Games Reveal About India’s Development Trajectory

Mitu Sengupta

10. Examining Outdoor Recreation as an Approach to Promote Youth Engagement in Environmental Activism

Tanya Halsall and Tanya Forneris

11. Indigenous Peoples, Sport, and Sustainability

Dan Henhawk and Richard Norman

12. Co-Transforming Through Shared Understandings of Land-Based Practices in Sport for Development and Peace (SDP)

Victoria Paraschak and Michael Heine

About the Editors

Rob Millington is Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University, Canada. His research focuses on how international NGOs such as the United Nations and International Olympic Committee mobilize sport for development in policy and practice, in both historical and contemporary contexts. His postdoctoral work considered what role, if any, sport can play in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Simon C. Darnell is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on the relationship between sport, international development and peace-building, the development implications of sports mega-events and the place of social activism in the culture of sport. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal and sits on the editorial boards of five other journals, including the Journal of Sport for Development. He has served as a guest editor for issues of Third World Quarterly and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sport Development

The Routledge Studies in Sport Development series showcases high-calibre work within the vibrant, diverse and rapidly expanding field of sport and development. It includes books in two broad areas. Firstly, the development of sport, focusing on the various ways in which sport is delivered, for example through building sport facilities, training coaches and athletes, improving sport performance, increasing public participation in sport, and strengthening the governance, management, marketing and delivery of sport. Secondly, sport for development and peace (SDP), examining how sport is used for different non-sporting social benefits, such as peace building and conflict reduction, health education, gender empowerment, community development, tackling crime, improving education, promoting ‘positive youth development’, and advancing the social inclusion of marginal populations. The series is committed to diversity in theory and method, is multi-disciplinary in approach, and includes work centring on local, national and transnational issues and processes, and on the global North and/or South. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports
SPORTS & RECREATION / Business Aspects