Sport for development and peace : a critical sociology / Simon C. Darnell

Darnell, Simon C.

Edited by Bloomsbury Academic - 2012

The role of sport in international development initiatives has grown dramatically in recent years, evidenced by its place within efforts to meet the UN’s Millennium goals. In “Sport for development and peace: a critical sociology”, Simon Darnell analyses the burgeoning relationship between sport and international development, and what this reveals about the current socio-political economy. The book addresses a gap in the literature by focusing on issues of politics, power and culture, particularly the experiences of development volunteers, and the place of sports mega-events and sporting celebrity in the context of development. Darnell questions the belief that sport can offer a “solution” to enduring development issues. Drawing on the latest empirical research, the book is a thorough and timely analysis of the social and political implications of tying sport to development.

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