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"Alla kan, alla har rätt & alla ska få vara med" - En sociologisk studie om kvinnors "motiv" till det ideella arbetet i en idrottsförening för barn och ungdomar
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Everybody can, everyone has the right & everyone should be involved: A sociological study of women's motivation for voluntary work in a sports club (English)
Abstract [en]

This study aims to investigate the women's motivation for voluntary work in a sports club and how we can understand these motivations to volunteer in a sports club. In Sweden, there are over 20,000 sports clubs with 2.8 million members and 650,000 non-profit leaders. The voluntary work in Sweden is large.

Sport has an important part in society as it is expected to nurture children and youth. Children sport should be characterized by playfulness and versatile training. Youth sport should also focus on playing the first few years. Sports clubs in this study represents children and youth sport. In order to answer the study questions used a qualitative approach. 10 interviews were conducted with women who work as volunteers in a sports club. The theoretical basis was Bourdies concepts of habitus, capital and social fields and norms and values norms and values shaped by children's and youth sports vision document from the Swedish Sports Confederation.


The result shows that the motivation factors of women to non-profit work is their own children. Most out informants began volunteering in a sports club when their own children started in the sports club. Other factors are also fellowship in sports club because it gives an opportunity to meet people, create a network, it is also motivating as a former performer in a sports club. Several of the women have been active in sports because of their parents. The women think volunteering is fun and has an interest in sports. It becomes a lifestyle.


The results also show that their motivations are shaped by children and youth sport norms and values which is explained by the study's theories providing an understanding of the informants motivations. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 48 p.
Keyword [sv]
Idrottsförening, idrott, ideellt engagemang, motivering, kvinnor
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57489OAI: diva2:1038796
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Sociology Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-10-21 Created: 2016-10-19 Last updated: 2016-10-21Bibliographically approved

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