Sport and Social Mobility
By Ramón Spaaij
Routledge – 2011 – 208 pages
Can sport serve as a vehicle for social mobility of disadvantaged social groups? How and to what extent are different forms of social capital created through sport participation? Sport and Social Mobility: Crossing Boundaries takes up these questions through a critical examination of the ways in which sport facilitates or inhibits upward social mobility.
Drawing on four case studies, the book provides a rich sociological analysis of people’s lived experiences of sport in diverse social, cultural and political contexts, ranging from sport-for-development programs in Brazil and the Netherlands to rural communities and the Somali diaspora in Australia. The first international comparison of and critical reflection on the relationship between social mobility and participation in non-professional sport, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in sport’s potential for social inclusion.
Introduction 1. Sport and Social Mobility: Untangling the Relationship 2. Social and Organizational Contexts of Sport 3. Political and Educational Contexts of Sport 4. Crossing/Creating Boundaries 5. Scaling Up? Sport and Linking Social Capital 6. Sport and Cultural Capital: Opportunities and Constraints 7. Social Mobility and Economic Life 8. Sport and Social Outcomes: Contradictory Tendencies
Ramón Spaaij is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia, and at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam.