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1st Edition

Sport, Welfare and Social Policy in the European Union

ISBN 9780815360513
Published March 31, 2020 by Routledge
186 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sport is often seen as an indicator of the civic maturity of a community, an aspect of the rights of citizens to health, education and social integration. This book examines the relationships between participation in sport and physical activity, and welfare policies across Europe.

It argues that the success of campaigns for the promotion of sport depend on the existence of dedicated welfare policies promoted by the European states and explores variations in cultural models and structures of governance across Europe. Addressing the function of supranational institutions such as the EU as well as voluntary networks, the book illuminates key issues in European societies such as migration, financial austerity and Brexit as they relate to sport policy.

This is important reading for scholars and students in the fields of European sport and physical activity, sociology, political science and organisational analysis, as well as operators and managers of the sport systems involved in advanced training programmes.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: sport and the citizens of a disenchanted Europe

Nicola R. Porro, Stefano Martellli, Alberto Testa

Part I: Sports Policies, Non-Profit and Social Issues

2. Migrants’ social integration through movement practices?

Stefano Martelli

3. Sport and the ‘question’ of Islam in Europe

Mahfoud Amara

4. European sport systems and the voluntary sector: non-profit organisations race for sport development

Nico Bortoletto and Alessandro Porrovecchio

5. Sport in jail: a sociological comparative perspective

Maurizio Esposito

Part II: The Sport of Citizenship: An Incipient Europeanisation?

6. The Europeanisation of sport: sociology of a new European public action

William Gasparini

7. The organisation of sport and sports policies in Germany

Michel Koebel

8. Sports organisations and policies in France

William Gasparini

9. Sport and welfare in Britain

Ivan Waddington

10. Welfare and sports policies in contemporary Italy

Nicola R. Porro

11. Physical activity and sport in Spain

Juan Antonio Simón Sanjurjo

12. Sport and welfare in central and eastern European countries

Simona Kustec and Simon Ličen

13. In the homeland of sport for all: the Scandinavian countries

Irene Masoni

14. Conclusion: established models of European sport revisited from a socio-politological approach

Jeroen Scheerder


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Nicola R. Porro is Full Professor in Sociology at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, and former President of EASS (European Association for the Sociology of Sport), Italy.

Stefano Martelli is Full Professor in the Sociology of Sport Communication at the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy.

Alberto Testa is Full Professor in Applied Criminology at Ealing Law School, University of West London, UK.