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Examining the capacity of a sport for development programme to create social capital

Adams, A.; Harris, K.; Lindsey, I.

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A. Adams

K. Harris



Abstract

Robert Putnam’s conceptualization of social capital has been commonly associated with, and used to analyse, sport-for-development programmes. This paper bucks this trend and uses James Coleman’s rational strain of social capital to examine the use of sport as a component part of a programme to support male adults in addressing connected problems of substance misuse, homelessness and other forms of social exclusion. Using a qualitative research strategy, in-depth and longitudinal data were collected using individual interviews and focus groups with programme participants and key stakeholders over a three-year period. The results suggest the importance of unintentionality for the formation and use value of social capital; indicating that social capital created through this programme was individual, contingent on interactional context and benefited individuals in line with Coleman’s six aspects of social capital.

Citation

Adams, A., Harris, K., & Lindsey, I. (2018). Examining the capacity of a sport for development programme to create social capital. Sport in Society, 21(3), 558-573. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2017.1346627

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 9, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 6, 2017
Publication Date Mar 4, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 9, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 6, 2019
Journal Sport in Society
Print ISSN 1743-0437
Electronic ISSN 1743-0445
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Pages 558-573
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2017.1346627

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