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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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Iain Lindsey and Gareth Wiltshire

assumptions and underlying conceptualization of transformative social change itself. That is, while the design and implementation of innovative SFD programs aiming to achieve transformative social change are undoubtedly a priority, we also suggest that research and analysis engaging with this work would

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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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Courtney Szto, Ann Pegoraro, Erin Morris, Melanie Desrochers, Karell Emard, Katrina Galas, Anissa Gamble, Liz Knox, and Kristen Richards

is informed, by broader feminist movements of the day, and collective action has been reinvigorated as the tool of choice for catalyzing social change. #TimesUp, #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and #IdleNoMore are just a few examples of collective social justice movements that attempt to draw attention to

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Daniel Read and Daniel Lock

relation to the issues raised, thus drawing the organization into broader debates about equality, social change, and race. Types of image repair strategies and their relative effectiveness have been studied regularly ( Arendt et al., 2017 ; Hambrick, 2018 ). However, this work lacks insight into how

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Karen P. DePauw

, and transformative change. Transformative change alters the culture of the institution as well as policies, procedures, programs, and people. In the 2010 Delphine Hanna lecture, I issued a challenge to kinesiology to adopt a positive change agenda—to pursue an agenda for social change ( DePauw, 2010

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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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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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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.