Sport for development and peace

Neoliberal global sport and African bodies 1

Authored by: John Nauright

Routledge Handbook of Sport, Race and Ethnicity

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138816954
eBook ISBN: 9781315745886
Adobe ISBN: 9781317596677


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A new “hot topic” known as sport and international development emerged in the first two decades of the twenty-first century. Yet, even within this area originally conceived as a way to “do good” in and through sport, there is much debate as to what the aims and objectives are and should be. Rather than simply viewing sport and development as another area in which to train students for sporting careers, this area offers the potential for a re-centering of sport in the academy as a transformative practice. However, if ill-conceived, sport and international development/sport and youth development runs the risk of perpetuating the problem created by neoliberal capitalism and its associated sporting enterprises rather than offering alternatives that include strengthening democracy, enhancing quality of life through health and fitness, and contributing to community-based sustainable economic futures.

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