Social inclusion is a pressing issue confronting all levels of sport today, and community sport in particular. Sport is being promoted as an inclusive environment in which people of all backgrounds and abilities can participate and access a range of social and health benefits. Moreover, sport is often heralded as a vehicle for promoting social inclusion in other societal domains. Yet, the policy ideal of ‘sport for all’ is not always realised in practice, and community sport continues to be plagued by various forms of discrimination and social exclusion. This book brings together a team of scholars from across the globe whose research addresses the complex relationship between community sport and social inclusion. Their contributions critically examine the dynamics of inclusion/exclusion in community sport, as well as the broader outcomes and impacts that sports programmes may have in promoting, or hindering, social inclusion in other areas of life, such as employment, education and migrant integration.
This book will be of interest to academics, researchers, and advanced students of sport, sociology, politics, social work and public policy.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
1. Introduction – Community sport and social inclusion: international perspectives
Hebe Schaillée, Reinhard Haudenhuyse and Lieve Bradt
Part 1: Practitioners’ perspectives on social inclusion
2. Personal development of disadvantaged youth through community sports: a theory- driven analysis of relational strategies
Pieter Debognies, Hebe Schaillée, Reinhard Haudenhuyse and Marc Theeboom
3. ‘Rings on the water’: examining the pedagogical approach at a football program for detained youth in Sweden
Daniel Roe, Martin Hugo and Håkan Larsson
4. Moments of social inclusion: asylum seekers, football and solidarity
Brent McDonald, Ramón Spaaij and Darko Dukic
5. Tipping the balance back towards emancipation: exploring the positions of Flemish community sport practitioners towards social control
Shana Sabbe, Rudi Roose and Lieve Bradt
6. (Dis)playing the indigenous body: the case of Indigenous Tribal Games (ITG) in the Philippines
Shekinah Dorelle P. Queri
Part 2: Processes and mechanisms leading to social inclusion and exclusion
7. Developing participation opportunities for young people with disabilities? Policy enactment and social inclusion in Australian junior sport
Ruth Jeanes, Ramón Spaaij, Jonathan Magee, Karen Farquharson, Sean Gorman and Dean Lusher
8. Playing on the periphery: troubling sport policy, systemic exclusion and the role of sport in rural Canada
Kyle Rich and Laura Misener
9. ‘You look like a machito!’: a decolonial analysis of the social in/ exclusion of female participants in a Colombian sport for development and peace organization
10. Problematizing the absent girl: sport as a means of emancipation and social inclusion
David Ekholm, Magnus Dahlstedt and Julia Rönnbäck
Part 3: Impacts and outcomes of community sport participation
11. If you build it, they will stay: the development of public cricket provision as a construction of social citizenship
12. Social inclusion of newly arrived female asylum seekers and refugees through a community sport initiative: the case of Bike Bridge
13. Community sport programmes and social inclusion: what role for positive psychological capital?
Haydn Morgan, Andrew Parker and William Roberts
14. ‘Defnyddiwch y Gymraeg’: community sport as a vehicle for encouraging the use of the Welsh language
Lana Evans, Nicola Bolton, Carwyn Jones and Hywel Iorwerth