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Sport as a Vehicle for Social Mobility and Regulation of Disadvantaged Urban Youth: Lessons from Rotterdam

Spaaij, Ramon (2009) Sport as a Vehicle for Social Mobility and Regulation of Disadvantaged Urban Youth: Lessons from Rotterdam. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 44 (2). pp. 247-264. ISSN 1012-6902 (print) 1461-7218 (online)

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Abstract

This article addresses sport's contribution to social mobility of disadvantaged urban youth through an analysis of the Sport Steward Program in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Sport-based social intervention programs are conceptualized as potential vehicles for the creation of different forms of capital from which certain benefits can be derived that enable social agents to improve their social position. While the Sport Steward Program has contributed to objective and subjective social mobility of some participants, in most cases it is more suitable to highlight the relatively modest increases in participants' cultural, social and/or economic capital. However, rather than simply enhancing individual freedom and opportunity, sport-based intervention programs also serve as a form of social control and regulation. Sport is increasingly becoming a substantial aspect of the neoliberal policy repertoire of cities like Rotterdam aimed at generating social order in disadvantaged inner-city neighbourhoods.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: disadvantaged youth, regulation, social mobility, the Netherlands, urban regeneration
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Ms Julie Gardner
Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 03:25
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2014 01:29
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24938
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690209338415
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