Cultural diversity in community sport: An ethnographic inquiry of Somali Australians’ experiences

[img]
Sport-Management-Review-2013.pdf - Accepted Version (414kB)
Restricted to Repository staff only

Spaaij, Ramon (2013) Cultural diversity in community sport: An ethnographic inquiry of Somali Australians’ experiences. Sport Management Review, 16 (1). pp. 29-40. ISSN 1441-3523

Abstract

Sport organisations aim to grow the participation of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, including newly arrived people from refugee backgrounds. Drawing on multi-sited ethnographic research conducted by the author at community sport organisations in the multicultural city of Melbourne, this paper examines the key factors that affect the sport participation experiences of Somali Australians. It is shown that interpersonal and structural barriers to sport participation predominate, and that the significance of these barriers varies according to age, gender and time in Australia. The paper concludes that in order to foster inclusive sporting environments in which people from refugee backgrounds can participate in a safe, comfortable and culturally appropriate way, refugee settlement needs to be understood as a two-way process of mutual accommodation requiring adaptation on the part of both the migrant and the host society.

Dimensions Badge

Altmetric Badge

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24918
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2012.06.003
Official URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Current > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords diversity, refugees, sport participation, multiculturalism, barriers
Citations in Scopus 50 - View on Scopus
Download/View statistics View download statistics for this item

Search Google Scholar

Repository staff login