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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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Chen Chen and Daniel S. Mason

countries in the West, the scope of the field has grown dramatically to include social change and has introduced a variety of critical, reflexive research approaches from other disciplines. However, settler colonialism, a sociohistorical structure ( Coulthard & Simpson, 2016 ; Tuck & Yang, 2012 ; Wolfe

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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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Elizabeth B. Delia

; Reicher, 2004 ). Alternatively, they will make the in-group positive via downward comparison, focusing on positive dimensions, or engaging in social change to alter the status of the group ( Doosje, Spears, & Ellemers, 2002 ; Hornsey, 2008 ). Strategies enacted to improve the perceived positivity of the

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Kimberly A. Bush, Michael B. Edwards, Gareth J. Jones, Jessica L. Hook and Michael L. Armstrong

Recently, scholars of sport management have called for more research aimed at understanding how sport can be leveraged for social change. This interest has contributed to a burgeoning paradigm of sport management research and practice developed around using sport as a catalyst for broader human and community development. In order for sport practitioners to successfully develop, implement, and sustain these programs, integration of development-based theory and concepts are needed in sport management curricula. Service learning is one pedagogical approach for achieving this objective, and is well suited for promoting social change practices among students. This study assesses how participation in a sport-for-development (SFD) service learning project impacted the social consciousness and critical perspectives of sport management students. Results suggest the experience raised student’s awareness of community issues, developed a more holistic perspective on the role of service, and influenced their future careers.

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Maria T. Allison

This paper explores the process of social change and problems that arise in the study of such change in play, sport, and leisure domains. After outlining major theoretical perspectives utilized to describe and explain the nature of change in society, the paper describes several myths, including myths of trauma, unidirectionality, deviance, and semantic illusion (Lauer, 1973), which have inhibited the study of change. Drawing from examples in play, sport, and leisure domains, the author suggests ways in which the study of change can be better integrated into our research consciousness.

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Laurence Chalip

Although sport has evidenced phenomenal growth throughout this century, the directions of sport's growth have been widely criticized. The growth and resulting criticisms challenge sport managers and sport management researchers to reexamine their methods and their assumptions. Articles in this special issue explore the redesign of sport systems and the tasks of redressing inequities in sport service delivery. They raise significant issues about the role of knowledge in the empowerment of managers and clients. The articles suggest the value of incorporating both qualitative and quantitative methods in action research, and challenge traditional distinctions between “applied” and “basic” research. They demonstrate the merit of case-based research, and illustrate the utility of collaborations between researchers and the persons they study. The study of social change in sport promises to provide a useful context for the elaboration of theories and models about the management of sport.

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Guest Editors: Jon Welty Peachey, Nico Schulenkorf, and Ramon Spaaij EDITORIAL Sport for Social Change: Bridging the Theory–Practice Divide Jon Welty Peachey * Nico Schulenkorf * Ramon Spaaij * 1 09 2019 33 5 361 365 10.1123/jsm.2019-0291 jsm.2019-0291 ARTICLES Knowledge Translation Practices

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Richard Pringle

together, the chapters in No Slam Dunk explore and illuminate the complexities and unevenness of social change in gender and sport by deploying a multilevel analysis (structure, interaction, cultural beliefs and symbols), by attending to varying levels of salience and inequalities within and between

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Leslee A. Fisher

, self-, legislative, or legal advocacy which centers on social action and ways to create social change (e.g., as a result of multiple reported cases of abuse in one sport organization, policy changes are made). Both types of advocacy require that the advocate to be determined, knowledgeable, and expend