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The glue that holds the community together? Sport and sustainability in rural Australia

Spaaij, Ramon (2009) The glue that holds the community together? Sport and sustainability in rural Australia. Sport in Society, 12 (9). pp. 1132-1146. ISSN 1743-0437 (print) 1743-0445 (online)

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Drawing on the author's research in northwest Victoria, Australia, this essay examines the forms of capital that are created in and through rural sport as well as the processes of social inclusion and exclusion that structure access to social networks and to the resources these networks contain. In the face of economic and social changes that affect the region, rural sport participants view local sport clubs as vital community hubs fostering social cohesion, local and regional identities and a shared focus and outlet. Sporting competitions in northwest Victoria also contribute to cultural and economic capital for some participants, and to relatively limited stocks of linking social capital. While the creation and transference of these capitals are to a large degree regulated by wider social divisions, structural changes in the area present increased opportunities for other people, including young women, to take on leadership roles and to develop new skills and knowledge through sport participation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural sport, social benefits, social capital, cultural capital, economic capital, sport participation
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Current > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Ms Julie Gardner
Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 03:44
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 03:44
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