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Sport and social issues

Sport and physical activity are recognised by the United Nations as a human right. Around the world, the social and cultural significance of sport is advocated by governments, sport associations, NGOs and community groups. The theme ‘Sport and Social Issues’ provides a multi-disciplinary focal point for researchers who aim to investigate how sport intersects with policy goals and community aspirations, as well as with local experiences. Historically, sport has long been a site of discrimination and marginalisation in areas like disability, ‘race’, ethnicity, and gender, but a key goal of contemporary sport is inclusivity and multiculturalism. Sport has also emerged as a site for wider development goals, such as conflict resolution, with physical activity a vehicle towards their pursuit.

The convenor is Nico Schulenkorf.

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