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Exploring migrant families’ acculturation and livelihoods in Canada and the role of sport participation

Exploring migrant families’ acculturation and livelihoods in Canada and the role of sport participation

Publication type

Journal Articles

Publisher

Journal of Sport for Development

Year

2020

The latest research published in the Journal of Sport for Development (JSFD).

Abstract:

Canada is poised to increase the number of migrants arriving annually. Growing attention is being directed toward how sport can be managed in a way that is accessible and inclusive of immigrant populations, as well as how sport can foster new opportunities for migrants to develop connections within their communities. The objectives of this research were to explore broadly the realities of the migrant settlement experience and migrants’ livelihoods in Toronto and the role sport had on these experiences. Using an exploratory case study methodology, this paper explores the participants’ strategies of acculturation and the implications of these strategies for developing social and cultural capital. Youth sport programming is discussed as having little effect on the financial capacities and livelihoods of migrants. As illustrated within this paper, sport has the ability to facilitate crosscultural relationships and influence acculturation strategies. However, sport-specific cultural capital produced asymmetries in the outcomes of sport participation. While sport may serve a role in developing social outcomes, efforts to improve the access of migrants to employment opportunities within their field of experience, either within or outside of sport contexts, are required to positively affect the livelihoods of migrants.

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Author

Sacha Smart, Kyle Rich and Allan Lauzon

Published

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 13:10

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