The importance of culture

Sport and development in the Arab World – between tradition and modernity

Authored by: Mahfoud Amara

Routledge Handbook of Sports Development

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415479967
eBook ISBN: 9780203885581
Adobe ISBN: 9781134019717


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Discourses on the development of contemporary sport as well as sports development practices are shaped by history, including the history of nation-state formation, and by culture (or ideology), including traditions and religious beliefs. ‘Development’ is in itself a historically contested concept. For some, development means a break with the past. Past here is usually associated with decadence, irrationality and metaphysical beliefs. For others, particularly in ex-colonised societies, development is conditioned by a reconciliation with the past. Past here is synonymous with authenticity.

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