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The case for peace-building as sport’s next great legacy: a literature review, assessment, and suggestions for applying the ‘slow child’ in the emergent field of Sport for Development and Peace

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Title: The case for peace-building as sport’s next great legacy: a literature review, assessment, and suggestions for applying the ‘slow child’ in the emergent field of Sport for Development and Peace
Author(s): Schrag, Myles
Advisor(s): Sydnor, Synthia
Department / Program: Kinesiology & Community Health
Discipline: Kinesiology
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.S.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): Sport for Development and Peace sport and peace-building conflict resolution.
Abstract: Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) has gained substantial global interest in recent years among researchers, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, development workers, corporations, not-for-profits and community-based organizations, and activists. The rise of this field has drawn criticism from scholars who are concerned about the rigor of program assessment methods and the potential for neo-colonial paternalism, among other issues. While these complaints are valid and to a large degree accurate, the potential for SDP as a development tool is great and should be considered worthy of further exploration by researchers and practitioners. This paper focuses on the fifth SDP sub-area: sport and peace. It acknowledges that sport and peace is the most tenuous sub-area to sustain and quantify success (hence it’s “slow child” status), but it also proposes that sport and peace offers the greatest opportunity for sport to find a worthwhile place in the development sphere and claim a legacy for sport in the 21st century that is markedly different from previous roles that sport has occupied. This paper provides an overview and timeline of the evolution of SDP, explores in detail the vital (if slow-developing) place of sport and peace within SDP, including theoretical frameworks that guide, or should guide, sport and peace. This is followed by a brief literature review and exemplars of sport and peace initiatives, and a summary of best practices for sport and peace success. A final analysis section synthesizes the criticism aimed at SDP with the rather impressive maturation of sport and peace initiatives to confidently suggest a way forward to achieve a lasting legacy for sport as a meaningful peace-building site.
Issue Date: 2012-05-22
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/31187
Rights Information: Copyright 2012 Myles Schrag
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-05-22
Date Deposited: 2012-05
 

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