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Cultivating Safe Space: Lessons for Sport-for-Development Projects and Events

Spaaij, Ramon and Schulenkorf, Nico (2014) Cultivating Safe Space: Lessons for Sport-for-Development Projects and Events. Journal of Sport Management. ISSN 0888-4773 (print) 1543-270X (online)

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Abstract

Recent research has examined how sports events and sport-for-development (SFD) projects can create, sustain, and maximize positive social impacts for local communities. This paper takes this debate forward by arguing that the cultivation of safe space is a key ingredient of SFD management and community event leverage. Safe space is conceptualized as a multidimensional process that involves physical, psychological/affective, sociocultural, political, and experimental dimensions. Drawing on empirical findings from Sri Lanka, Israel, and Brazil, the paper shows how these different dimensions of safe space operate and interact in practice, and identifies practical strategies that sport managers, policymakers, and practitioners can use to cultivate safe spaces in and through sports projects and events.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sports events, sport-for-development, safe space, practical strategies
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
FOR Classification > 1504 Services
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 14 May 2014 03:25
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 01:33
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24993
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/jsm.2013-0304
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Citations in Scopus: 17 - View on Scopus

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