SDP and Social Capital

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Skinner, James, Woolcock, Geoff and Milroy, Arthur. 2019. "SDP and Social Capital." Collison, Holly, Darnell, Simon C., Giulianotti, Richard and Howe, P. David (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Sport for Development and Peace. Abingdon, United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 296-307
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SDP and Social Capital

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleRoutledge Handbook of Sport for Development and Peace
AuthorsSkinner, James (Author), Woolcock, Geoff (Author) and Milroy, Arthur (Author)
EditorsCollison, Holly, Darnell, Simon C., Giulianotti, Richard and Howe, P. David
Page Range296-307
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Sport Development
Chapter Number26
Number of Pages12
Year2019
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationAbingdon, United Kingdom
ISBN9781138210486
9781315455174
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315455174-27
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315455174/chapters/10.4324/9781315455174-27
Abstract

During the last two decades, there has been a concerted effort to remobilize sport as a vehicle for sustainable social development, especially in the most disadvantaged communities in the world. It is suggested that sport is a versatile and flexible developmental tool commonly associated with having the capacity to contribute to positive social capital in communities. This chapter debates the role of sport as an enabler for development, and the key role it can play in achieving positive social capital. In this sense, the chapter explores the use of sport as a vehicle for development and its potential to bring people together from different economic, social and cultural backgrounds to foster greater social cohesion and cultural tolerance through facilitating the development of social capital. A strong foundation of social capital has many benefits including the development of social networks, the creation of common bonds between disparate groups and the establishment of social norms. The challenge moving forward, however, is to provide greater empirical evidence to support this hypothesis and provide evidence to support significant investment by governments in sport for development initiatives.

Keywordssport; social capital
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441016. Urban sociology and community studies
Byline AffiliationsLoughborough University, United Kingdom
Institute for Resilient Regions
International Olympic Committee, Switzerland
Journal TitleRoutledge Handbook of Sport for Development and Peace
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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