Sports, Peacebuilding and Ethics

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Sports, Peacebuilding and Ethics

Transaction Publications

This latest volume in the Peace & Policy series shows that sports can be an effective mechanism for peacebuilding, especially when incorporated into conflict-resolution programmes. Such programmes have been designed to bring children together in post-conflict situations with an ultimate goal of reducing future violence. In examining such programmes, the volume’s contributors ask key questions: "What are the programmes achieving?" and "How are they measuring success?" Although such programmes have by and large been successful, some issues need to be addressed if these programmes are to hone their effectiveness.

Among the questions explored in the volume are: various aspects of culture and how they can help shape sports programmes; the role of a coach in creating a culture of peace, and how this culture can fit into a peacebuilding process. Contributors also examine the role of sports in trauma relief programmes in Rwanda; the role of universities in sports; and the role of sports in the demilitarisation of child soldiers.

The last three contributors tackle some of the legitimate concerns raised about using sports for peacebuilding, such as the competitive side of sports leading to issues of violence, and focusing on winning. Contributors look carefully at these and other issues that have arisen in sports as a tool of conflict resolution, discuss why they have become concerns, and consider some possible ways to deal with these concerns in the future.

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Publisher

Transaction Publications

Year

2014

Author

Linda M. Johnston

Published

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 23:00

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