Changing people's lives for the better? Social mobility through sport-based intervention programmes: opportunities and constraints

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Spaaij, Ramon (2013) Changing people's lives for the better? Social mobility through sport-based intervention programmes: opportunities and constraints. European Journal for Sport and Society, 10 (1). pp. 53-73. ISSN 1613-8171

Abstract

This paper critically examines the capacity of sport-based intervention programmes to facilitate upward social mobility for disadvantaged young people. Social mobility is seen to comprise both objective and subjective dimensions, which are studied concurrently. The paper draws on a mixed methods study of the Vencer programme in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to analyse the development opportunities created by the programme as well as the constraints faced by participants in seeking to convert these opportunities into upward social mobility. The research combines qualitative and quantitative data using a complimentary design, where each type of data produced a particular kind of knowledge. It is concluded that participants' opportunities for upward social mobility are strongly affected by structural factors emanating from the labour market and education system. Where social mobility does take place it is at an individual and relative level rather than at a collective or absolute level. Directions for future research into social mobility through sport are proposed.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24920
Official URL http://www.ejss.ch/PDF-Dateien/ejss2013_Vol10_Issu...
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 social mobility, youth, sport for development, occupational attainment, Brazil
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