Youth, Sport And Leisure Careers

Authored by: David Haycock , Andy Smith

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932

10.4324/9780203795002.ch5

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Abstract

In very many countries, there has been a longstanding interest among academics, policy makers, politicians, the media and other interested parties in the lives of young people. This is not surprising for, as Furlong (2013: 5) has noted, ‘there is always a high level of interest in young people when they are perceived to be a problem’ whether as a consequence of their threat to social order (e.g. through urban disorders), their engagement in so-called risk activities (e.g. via the use of legal and illegal drugs) and their contribution to social integration and economic competitiveness and efficiency (e.g. in terms of rates of unemployment and labour market supply and demand). To this might be added young people’s participation in sport and other uses of leisure, both of which are often bound-up in discussions about the state of youth and their lifestyles (most notably in relation to health and well-being). In addition, there is an almost irresistible tendency to regard young people and their lifestyles as both a cause of, and a solution to, declines in regular sport participation and engagement in leisure pursuits that are considered unhealthy to individuals, their communities and the wider society.

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