Sport and social exclusion in global society / by Ramón Spaaij, Jonathan Magee and Ruth Jeanes

Spaaij, Ramon F. J. | Jeanes, Ruth | Magee, Jonathan

Edited by Routledge. London - 2014

Social exclusion is one of the most pressing challenges in post-industrial societies, encompassing economic, social and political dimensions. This important new book critically examines the relationship between sport and social exclusion, from global and cross-cultural perspectives. While sport can be used as a tool to combat social exclusion (through the empowerment of young people in deprived neighbourhoods, for example, or the promotion of social and civic engagement) it can also be used to differentiate, discriminate and exclude. The book aims to analyse 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, subverted 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 the international academic and policy literature as well as in-depth case studies from Europe, Australasia, Africa and Latin America. The book illuminates the relationship between sport and social exclusion in western and non-western contexts, addressing key issues in contemporary social science such as social inequality, worklessness, poverty, gender, disability, forced migration, violence and empowerment.

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