Hebe Schaillée - Guest editor

Reinhard Haudenhuyse - Guest editor

Lieve Bradt - Guest editor

Description

Social inclusion is a pressing issue confronting all levels of sport today, and community sport in particular. The concept of community sport originally arose out of the observation that traditional sport participation patterns were dominated by advantaged groups of the population (Hylton & Totten, 2008). In several communities around the world this has led to a variety of programs that mainly focus on reaching groups that are not attracted by or often drop-out of mainstream sport activities and are characterised by their accessibility, affordability, local focus, modest budgets and relatively informal structures (Cuskelly, 2004, Doherty, Misener, & Cuskelly, 2014, Theeboom, Haudenhuyse, & De Knop, 2010). Community sport is also often approached as more than ‘just’ sport in the community, as it aims to address social and political dimensions of inequality (Hylton & Totten, 2013). The addressed inequality is not only in relation to unequal access to sports participation, but also in relation to inclusion through sport across a range of issues including, amongst others, education and employment. Yet, the policy ideal of ‘sport for all’ is not always realized in practice and providing evidence on the complex relationship between community sport and social inclusion remains challenging for researchers. This special issue of Sports in Society (http://www.tandfonline.com/fcss?utm_source=CPButm_medium=cms&utm_campaign=JMH02104) therefore seeks to bring together the latest cutting-edge research related to the dynamics of inclusion/exclusion in community sport, as well as the broader outcomes and impacts that community sport programs/events may have in promoting, or hindering, social inclusion in other areas of life, such as employment, education and migrant integration. For this special issue, all scholarly papers that empirically ground, compare and assess the relationship between community sport and social inclusion across different local, national and international contexts are invited.
15 Oct 201730 Dec 2019

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