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Jeremy Hapeta, Rochelle Stewart-Withers and Farah Palmer

This article seeks to make higher level contributions to the nexus between theory and practice within sport for social change by shining light on Indigenous theory and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ). First, we acknowledge the forward and timely thinking of this special issue for providing

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Jon Welty Peachey, Nico Schulenkorf and Ramon Spaaij

Practice cannot be blind to theory, and theory cannot be blind to practice. This is simple to say yet immensely difficult to do. ( Morrison & van der Werf, 2012 , p. 400) Theory development around sport for social change agendas has received greater attention from scholars over the past 10 years

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Kwame J.A. Agyemang, Brennan K. Berg and Rhema D. Fuller

, 2008 ; Lawrence & Suddaby, 2006 ). Defined, institutional work is described as “the practices of individuals and collective actors aimed at creating, maintaining, and disrupting institutions” ( Lawrence, Suddaby, & Leca, 2011 , p. 52). Bringing agency back into institutional theory, this body of

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Hebe Schaillée, Ramón Spaaij, Ruth Jeanes and Marc Theeboom

policymakers, practitioners, and beneficiaries (i.e., sports participants). The knowledge base that could assist in bridging the gap between theory/research and practice in sport appears to lag behind. A recent study of research priorities among youth sports practitioners revealed that some priorities had

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Jennifer E. McGarry

programs? Dr Ziegler, in his 1987 address to the NASSM membership, spoke to how we should be considering both theory and application as he elaborated on the then NASSM mission statement, stating that this organization exists to “serve the evolving profession as a whole-not any specific individual, group