The call for sport organizations and organizers to take up social responsibilities is reflected in a wide variety of sport-related practices. This book critically examines sport-related social interventions in different cultural settings, such as promoting local community-building by sport. Social constructions of peace, integration and managing diversity are studied from the perspective of sport and play, and the power position of global sport organizations with corporate features is discussed from the perspectives of good governance, legal issues and fair trade. Referring to Foucault’s concept of biopolitics, this book contributes to the discussion on the rising power position and the social responsibilities of sports and sport organizations. It is a valuable contribution to the understanding of interconnections between sport and society for students in sociology, policy and politics of sport, for sport leaders, and for policy and decision-makers in sport.
Introduction Part 1: Sport for Development: Ill-Defined Interventions and Hard to Follow Outcomes? 1. Community Building and Social Responsibility 2. Rising Stakes of Sport’s Social Functions 3. Sport and Peace in the Global Society: Some Key Themes and Issues 4. In Africa for Africa? 5. Constructing Peace and Fostering Social Integration through Sport and Play in Azerbaijan 6. Sport and Socially Vulnerable Youth: Opening the Black Box 7. "We are a very, very homogenous group": Promoting and Managing Social Diversity in Sports? 8. Discourses on Social Integration of Minority Youth in a Copenhagen Martial Arts Club Part 2: Doing Business for Added Value 9. Corporations at Play: Doing Business in Sport, Who’s Added Value? 10. Sport and Good Governance; Are They Compatible Values? 11. Rules of Law in the Business of Sport 12. Sports Governance: between the Obsession with Rules and Regulations and the Aversion of Being Ruled and Regulated 13. The Popular Deception by IOC and FIFA 14. The Role of Football Academies in Developing Countries 15. Reaching Out by Climbing the Global Stage: The 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a Lubricant in International Affairs? Epilogue