A critical occupational approach: Offering insights on the sport-for-development playing field

Janet Njelesani, Debra Cameron, Barbara E. Gibson, Stephanie Nixon, Helene Polatajko

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The past 15 years have witnessed a proliferation of sport-for-development organizations mobilizing sport activities as a tool for international development. Along with the growth in programmes, an academic analysis of this phenomenon has emerged. However, this body of research has not included an analysis from a critical occupational perspective. This is a conspicuous shortcoming since sport-for-development initiatives are occupation-based programmes. In this paper, we used a critical occupational approach to explore how programme staff and youth participants speak about and understand the use of sport activities in sport-for-development programmes in Lusaka, Zambia. Our findings illuminate the form, function, and meaning of sports in the programmes. Considering the form, function, and meaning together, given that football - which is heavily gendered and segregated - was constructed as the preferential activity for programmes, non-disabled boys were seen as the primary beneficiaries of the programmes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)790-807
Number of pages18
JournalSport in Society
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • occupational therapy
  • occupational approach
  • sport-for-development
  • sport programs
  • international development
  • athletics programs

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A critical occupational approach : Offering insights on the sport-for-development playing field. / Njelesani, Janet; Cameron, Debra; Gibson, Barbara E.; Nixon, Stephanie; Polatajko, Helene.

In: Sport in Society, Vol. 17, No. 6, 2014, p. 790-807.

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Njelesani, Janet ; Cameron, Debra ; Gibson, Barbara E. ; Nixon, Stephanie ; Polatajko, Helene. / A critical occupational approach : Offering insights on the sport-for-development playing field. In: Sport in Society. 2014 ; Vol. 17, No. 6. pp. 790-807.
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