This book analyzes the opportunities and limitations in using sport as a vehicle for development assistance
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' Sport and International Development...is a welcome addition to this developing academic area and provides an informative account illustrating the diverse ways sport is used for international development.' - International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
'The book is interesting in its theory-based analysis of a highly practical development strand. Sport and International Development helps to look at the issue from many different angles and enables the reader to ask whether sport really is an appropriate tool for social change.' - Development in Practice
' Sport and International Development provides a solid foundation, and it is a useful tool...The collection addresses the contentious issues in the field today and offers answers to how sport can be a contributor to meaningful social change in the developing world. Because of this, the book is helpful, both to academics and practitioners, in helping to frame the way we think about sport-in-development programs through a variety of lenses.' - Impumelelo: The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports
Over the last decade there has been an intensification of initiatives, and an increase in the number of organizations, that focus on sport-in-development. This partly reflects the movement of sport up the global political agenda, as events such as the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2012 European Football Championships in Eastern Europe, suggest the re-focusing of international sports events beyond the confines of developed states. This book, now in paperback and with a new Foreword bringing the arguments up-to-date, presents a timely collection of theoretical debates and case-studies relevant to the advancement of sport-in-development as a pertinent area of research. It investigates the capacity of sport to act both as a conduit for traditional development assistance activities and as an agent for change in its own right. The book argues that sport can contribute to the development process, particularly where traditional development approaches have difficulty in engaging with communities. It contends that understanding the opportunities and limitations for sport-in-development contributes to an appreciation of the fundamental challenges currently facing the development community, and provides a useful analytical tool for those engaged in the development process.
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