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Mapping Sport for Development and Peace as Bourdieu’s Field

Mapping Sport for Development and Peace as Bourdieu’s Field

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Journal Articles


Physical Culture and Sport Studies and Research



This article takes a sociological approach to sport for development and peace, using Bordieu's Field theory in analysis of interviews with people working in sport for development and peace.

Over the past two decades, there has been a growing interest in the use of sport and other forms of physical activity to reach development goals and to support peacebuilding and peace-keeping processes. The sport for development and peace (SDP) sector is continuously growing in terms of the types of stakeholders involved and the number of projects implemented.

This paper examines the SDP sector using Bourdieu’s field theory and his concept of habitus and capital. For this, a qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with 10 people involved in SDP was used. Their perception of the stakeholders in the field and the connections between them are analyzed through the lens of field theory. The analysis particularly focuses on the perceived role of the former United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), which was closed during the data analysis. 



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