Swiss youths, migration and integrative sport : a critical-constructive reading of popular discourse

Barker, Dean and Barker-Ruchti, Natalie and Gerber, Markus and Gerlach, Erin and Sattler, Simone and Bergman, Manfred Max and Pühse, Uwe. (2013) Swiss youths, migration and integrative sport : a critical-constructive reading of popular discourse. European journal for sport and society, Vol. 10, no. 2. pp. 143-160.

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This paper critically interrogates widespread assumptions pertaining to the integrative function of sporting involvement in Switzerland. It focuses specifically on young people living in a culturally diverse area and how they make use of discursive variations of the integrative sport text. Interview material draws attention to four main sub-texts that frame sport as: a pedagogical tool, a site of interpersonal exchange, a method of catharsis, and as an apolitical activity without relevance to ethnicity. It is argued that these sub-texts: (1) are embedded within broader culturalist discourse and, (2) either support divisive social relations or do little to challenge them. Both instances suggest that changes are necessary to the way sport is ‘produced’ in discourse if it is to positively influence ethnic relations.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Sozialforschung und Methodologie (Bergman)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Sport, Bewegung und Gesundheit > Bereich Sportwissenschaft > Sportwissenschaften (Pühse)
UniBasel Contributors:Bergman, Manfred Max and Gerber, Markus and Sattler, Simone and Pühse, Uwe and Barker-Ruchti, Natalie N and Gerlach, Erin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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