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The Politics of Sport-for-Development: Limited Focus Programmes and Broad Gauge Problems.

by Fred Coalter

Sep 1, 2010
This article explores the almost evangelical policy rhetoric of the sports-for-development 'movement' and the wide diversity of programmes and organizations included under this vague and weakly theorized banner. It is suggested that, although the rhetoric of sport as a human right has provided some rhetorical and symbolic legitimation for sport-for-development initiatives, the recent dramatic increase in interest reflects broader changes in the aid paradigm, reflecting perceived failures of top-down economic aid and an increased concern with issues of human and social capital, as well as the strengthening of civil society organizations.
The Politics of Sport-for-Development: Limited Focus Programmes and Broad Gauge Problems.

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