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Football for Inclusion: Examining the Pedagogic Rationalities and the Technologies of Solidarity of a Sports-based Intervention in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6252-9220
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Social Inclusion, ISSN 2183-2803, E-ISSN 2183-2803, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 232-240Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sports practices have been emphasised in social policy as a means of responding to social problems. In this article weanalyse a sports-based social intervention performed in a “socially vulnerable” area in Sweden. We examine the forma-tion of includable citizens in this project, based on interviews with representatives involved in the project. The materialis analysed from a governmentality perspective, focusing on how problems and solutions are constructed as being consti-tutive of each other. The focus of the analysis is on social solidarity and inclusion as contemporary challenges, and howsport, specifically football, is highlighted as a way of creating social solidarity through a pedagogic rationality—football asa means of fostering citizens according to specific ideals of solidarity and inclusion. The formation of solidarity appearsnot as a mutual process whereby an integrated social collective is created, but rather as a process whereby those affectedby exclusion are given the opportunity to individually adapt to a set of Swedish norms, and to linguistic and cultural skills,as a means of reaching the “inside”. Inclusion seems to be possible as long as the “excluded” adapt to the “inside”, whichis made possible by the sports-based pedagogy. In conclusion, social problems and social tensions are spatially locatedin “the Area” of “the City”, whose social policy, of which this sports-based intervention is a part, maintains rather thanreforms the social order that creates these very tensions.

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Cogitatio Press , 2017. Vol. 5, no 2, p. 232-240
Keywords [en]
football; pedagogy; segregation; social inclusion; solidarity; sport
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-139887DOI: 10.17645/si.v5i2.839ISI: 000408836000015Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021642992OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-139887DiVA, id: diva2:1134662
Available from: 2017-08-21 Created: 2017-08-21 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved

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