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Managing sport for public health: approaching contemporary problems with traditional solutions


Aggestål, Anna; Fahlén, Josef

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Abstract In the area of public health, civil society involvement in attaining government objectives on physical activity participation is often carried out by voluntary sport organizations (Agergaard and Michelsen la Cour, 2012; Österlind and Wright, 2014; Skille, 2009; Theeboom, Haudenhuyse and De Knop, 2010). In Sweden, this responsibility has been given to the Swedish Sport Confederation (SSC), a voluntary and membership-based non-profit organization, granted government authority to govern Swedish sport towards government objectives (Bergsgard and Norberg, 2010; Bolling, 2005). Research has pointed to difficulties for sport organizations to shoulder such responsibilities due to the deeply rooted logic of competition in sport and organizational structures adapted for competitive sport (Skille, 2011; Stenling and Fahlén, 2009). This article focuses on how public health is being constructed, implemented and given meaning within the SSC. Drawing on a critical discourse approach (Fairclough and Fairclough, 2012) this study explores the SSC's role and position in public health promotion by interviewing SSC representatives and National Sport Organizations' (NSO) general managers. Results indicate how discourses on democracy, equality and physical activity are used to legitimize the SSC's role in public health. Also, how these discourses are compromised in practice, posing challenges for organized sport in meeting objectives of public health.
Thesaurusschlagwörter democracy; sports; discourse analysis; argumentation; analysis
Klassifikation Erhebungstechniken und Analysetechniken der Sozialwissenschaften; Freizeitforschung, Freizeitsoziologie
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2015
Seitenangabe S. 108-117
Zeitschriftentitel Social Inclusion, 3 (2015) 3
Heftthema Sport for social inclusion: critical analyses and future challenges
ISSN 2183-2803
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung