Sport and crime prevention: Individuality and transferability in research
2013 (English)In: Journal of Sport for Development, ISSN 2330-0574, Vol. 1, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Researchers have examined sport practices as a means of crime prevention. The article reviews the international body of literature on this subject from a social constructionist perspective. By exploring the idea of sport as a means of crime prevention, the article considers what is described on the subject and how these descriptions are articulated. Through a content analysis, the article aims to develop categories and provide an analytical discussion of the findings. The descriptive analysis reveals that, although researchers are most notably critical of putting faith in sport for social objectives, there is research that affirms the role of sport in crime prevention. When sport is upheld as a means of crime prevention, two modes of prevention are emphasised, called the averting-mode and the social change-mode. The discussion focuses primarily on how the dominant social change-mode is articulated and how this social change becomes a meaningful concept as portrayed in discourses on individuality and transferability. The importance and potential consequences of framing crime as a social problem and of framing sport as a solution in response are also discussed. Finally, the article sets out the direction for further research on sport as a means of crime prevention.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 1, no 2
Anti-social behaviour, Social problem, Social work, Welfare, Youth
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102954OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-102954DiVA: diva2:684854