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Community sport and social cohesion : in search of the practical understandings of community sport practitioners in Flanders

Shana Sabbe (UGent) , Lieve Bradt (UGent) , Ramón Spaaij and Rudi Roose (UGent)
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CATCH: Community Sport for AT-risk youth: innovative strategies for promoting development, health and social CoHesion
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Current literature suggests that community sport contributes to social cohesion. Yet, empirical research is still scant, and existing conceptualizations of social cohesion in the context of community sport are dominated by a social capital approach emphasizing the individual over the structural conditions that need to be addressed if social cohesion is to be achieved. This article aims to provide more insight into how social cohesion is operationalized in community sport practices. Qualitative research on the practical understandings of community sport practitioners was undertaken across three cities in Flanders, Belgium. The findings suggest that practitioners adopt both individual and structural understandings of social cohesion. Moreover, they experience that their efforts to develop a structural approach are pressured by a dominant individualized approach. These findings reveal a disjuncture between academic constructs of social cohesion and the practical understandings of community sport practitioners. The article proposes ways to address the need for the empirical and conceptual development of social cohesion in the context of community sport and the broader community development field.
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Community sport, social exclusion, social cohesion, social capital

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Sabbe, Shana, et al. “Community Sport and Social Cohesion : In Search of the Practical Understandings of Community Sport Practitioners in Flanders.” COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL, 2020.
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Sabbe, S., Bradt, L., Spaaij, R., & Roose, R. (2020). Community sport and social cohesion : in search of the practical understandings of community sport practitioners in Flanders. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL.
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Sabbe, Shana, Lieve Bradt, Ramón Spaaij, and Rudi Roose. 2020. “Community Sport and Social Cohesion : In Search of the Practical Understandings of Community Sport Practitioners in Flanders.” COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL.
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Sabbe, Shana, Lieve Bradt, Ramón Spaaij, and Rudi Roose. 2020. “Community Sport and Social Cohesion : In Search of the Practical Understandings of Community Sport Practitioners in Flanders.” COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL.
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Sabbe S, Bradt L, Spaaij R, Roose R. Community sport and social cohesion : in search of the practical understandings of community sport practitioners in Flanders. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL. 2020;
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S. Sabbe, L. Bradt, R. Spaaij, and R. Roose, “Community sport and social cohesion : in search of the practical understandings of community sport practitioners in Flanders,” COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL, 2020.
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  abstract     = {Current literature suggests that community sport contributes to social cohesion. Yet, empirical research is still scant, and existing conceptualizations of social cohesion in the context of community sport are dominated by a social capital approach emphasizing the individual over the structural conditions that need to be addressed if social cohesion is to be achieved. This article aims to provide more insight into how social cohesion is operationalized in community sport practices. Qualitative research on the practical understandings of community sport practitioners was undertaken across three cities in Flanders, Belgium. The findings suggest that practitioners adopt both individual and structural understandings of social cohesion. Moreover, they experience that their efforts to develop a structural approach are pressured by a dominant individualized approach. These findings reveal a disjuncture between academic constructs of social cohesion and the practical understandings of community sport practitioners. The article proposes ways to address the need for the empirical and conceptual development of social cohesion in the context of community sport and the broader community development field.},
  author       = {Sabbe, Shana and Bradt, Lieve and Spaaij, Ramón  and Roose, Rudi},
  issn         = {0010-3802},
  journal      = {COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL},
  keywords     = {Community sport,social exclusion,social cohesion,social capital},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Community sport and social cohesion : in search of the practical understandings of community sport practitioners in Flanders},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsy046},
  year         = {2020},
}

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