Social exclusion is one of the most pressing challenges in post-industrial societies, encompassing economic, social, cultural and political dimensions. This important new book critically examines the relationship between sport and social exclusion, from global and cross-cultural perspectives.
The book analyses sport and social exclusion by focusing on three key questions:
How does social exclusion affect participation in sport? How is social exclusion (re)produced, experienced, resisted, and managed in sport? How is sport used to combat social exclusion and promote social inclusion in other life domains? To answer these questions, the authors discuss and critically reflect on existing knowledge and in-depth case studies from Europe, Australasia, Africa and Latin America.
The book illuminates the relationship between sport and social exclusion in Global North and Global South contexts, addressing key issues in contemporary social science such as social inequality, worklessness, gender, disability, forced migration, homelessness and mental health. Sport and Social Exclusion in Global Society is important reading for all students, researchers and policy-makers with an interest in sport sociology, sport development, sport management, or the relationship between sport and wider society.
'A very good overview of current research in which sport is considered to be the tool to achieve social and developmental aims … The book structure enables the reader to discover different layers and details of the use of sport in social policies and in tackling developmental problems, and contributes to critical thinking about, as Coalter says, the 'magic box' called sport', Simona Safarikova, Sport in Society
1. Introduction 2. Social Exclusion in the Global Age 3. Sport and Social Exclusion in Public Policy 4. Mechanisms of Social Exclusion in Sport 5. Using Sport to Tackle Social Exclusion in the Global North 6. Sport for Development in the Global South 7. Engaging Socially Excluded Young People in Sports Programs 8. Building Inclusive Sporting Communities 9. Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on Sport and Social Exclusion in Global Society