Alterglobalization, Global Social Movements, and the Possibility of Political Transformation through Sport

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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  • 1 University of Ottawa
  • 2 University of Central Lancashire
  • 3 York University
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Alterglobalization is the name for a large spectrum of global social movements that present themselves as supporting new forms of globalization, urging that values of democracy, justice, environmental protection, and human rights be put ahead of purely economic concerns. This article develops a framework for the study of the influence of alterglobalization on sport by: outlining a periodization of social movements and sport; proposing a typology of responses to the politics of globalization; and proposing a typology of recent social movements associated with sport. The article does not report on an empirical research project, but provides a stock take of what has happened since the 1990s regarding the politics of globalization and the politics of sport, with specific reference to global social movements. The questions raised in this article include: What form do the movements challenging the world sports order today take? Does an alterglobalization movement exist in sport? What alternative models of sport do they propose?

Harvey is with the School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, P.O. Box 450, Stn A, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 6N5,; Horne is with Lancashire Business School, The University of Central Lancashire, Greenbank Building, Preston, UK, PR1 2HE,; Safai is with the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, 4700 Keele Street, 335 Norman Bethune College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3,

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