1st Edition

Sports, Peacebuilding and Ethics

ISBN 9781412853880
Published January 30, 2014 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

As this latest volume in the Peace & Policy series shows, sports can be an effective mechanism for peacebuilding, especially when incorporated into conflict-resolution programs. Such programs have been designed to bring children together in post-conflict situations with an ultimate goal of reducing future violence. In examining such programs, the volume's contributors ask key questions: "What are the programs achieving?" and "How are they measuring success?" Although such programs have by and large been successful, some issues need to be addressed if these programs are to hone their effectiveness.

Among the questions explored in the volume are: various aspects of culture and how they can help shape sports programs; the role of a coach in creating a culture of peace, and how this culture can fit into a peacebuilding process. Contributors also examine the role of sports in trauma relief programs in Rwanda; the role of universities in sports; and the role of sports in the demilitarization of child soldiers.

The last three contributors tackle some of the legitimate concerns raised about using sports for peacebuilding, such as sports being competitive, violent, and focused on winning. Contributors look carefully at these and other issues that have arisen in sports as a tool of conflict resolution, discuss why they have become concerns, and consider some possible ways to deal with these concerns in the future.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Sports and Peacebuilding: Issues and Solutions,
by Linda M. Johnston

The Role of Sports in Peacebuilding

The Role of Sports in Peacebuilding,
by Claudia Stura and Linda M. Johnston

Various Aspects of Culture in Relation to Sports Programs

The Role of Sports Coaches in Creating Culture: A Dysfunctional Case,
by Kirk Smith

Confl ict and Identifi cation of Asian Immigrants with Professional Sports Teams in the United States: Cultural Elasticity of American Sports,
by Ji-Ho Kim

Coaching Women's Softball in Iran: The Tale of One American's Journey toward Peace and Understanding through Sports,
by Sarah J. Hillyer

Sports in Various Contexts

"Yoga Is Like Medicine": Yoga as a Form of Trauma Relief in Rwanda,
by Niina Toroi

Sports in the Psychological and Social Demobilization of Child Soldiers,
by Kim Fletcher and Peter St. Pierre

The Role of Universities in Sport, Development, and Peace: The Case of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa,
by Marion Keim

Sports and Peacebuilding

Protection through Corporate Marketing in Professional Sports,
by M. Lee Brooks and Michael B. Shapiro

The Backbone for Success: A Study of Factors Infl uencing the Team Cohesion of a Division I Volleyball Team,
by Claudia Stura

Repairing the Human Spirit through Structured and Unstructured Sports Programs: The Core Values Worth Knowing Were Learned through Athletics and Beyond,
by Dr. H. E. "Doc" Holliday

Author Biographies

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