This book brings together some of the leading authors in sport and sociocultural diversity. Social and cultural diversity becomes a key conceptual framework and lens through which to examine and understand a wide range of cultural issues related to: nationalism, gender, race, ethnicity, indigenous culture, sexuality, (dis)ability and even religiosity. This volume explores the dimensions of cultural diversity that relate to many of the aforementioned dimensions as they are located within the broad context of sport. The chapters are grounded in a variety of concepts and theories, and deal with policy, inclusion, affirmative action legislations, identity, and equity in all aspects of sports organisations as well as related issues that have emerged within the context of social and cultural diversity.Topics covered include: Politics of Identity and Representation, Theorising Sport and Inclusion Practices, Accommodation and Resistance to Diversity/Equality, Symbolic Construction of Sports Communities, Ethnocentrism and Whiteness, Ethnic Identities and Corporate Managerialism, Exploration of Alternative Leadership Paradigms, and Affirmative Action. Themes considered include: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Indigeneity, Sexuality, (Dis)Ability, and Religiosity. The volume provides accounts from authors throughout the world in examining current ideas about social and cultural diversity in sporting worlds.
Ask any 12-year-old kid to describe a hero, and you will get some of the following answers: a superstar athlete, a soldier on the front lines, or a guy in a cape who can jump over buildings.