To be or not to be invited: Youth Sport - Young people´s influence in voluntary sport.
2013 (English)In: Sport Science Review, ISSN 2066-8732, Vol. 22, no 3-4, 187-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Influence and the opportunity to have one’s voice heard are fundamental rights valid for all people, including also children and youths. Despite this, research shows that young people’s voices have received less attention and young people have no influence in many contexts in which they find themselves (Evans, 2007; Fundberg, 2009; Redelius, 2005). In Sweden, the emphasis on influence can be linked to the fact that the sport club activities of the Swedish state are seen as an important arena for the civic education of young people (The Swedish Sports Confederation, 2005, 2011). The aim of this study is to explore young coaches and their opportunities to influence in the Swedish sport clubs with focus on what the youths themselves say about influence and power. We use Bourdieus’ theories on social fields to bring to light which youths are chosen to be leaders and their possibilities to influence. The results show that for young coaches to have influence, both their habitus and capital are required to ‘match’ the social context into which they are entering. One way of maintaining power is not to change the accepted way of working, which excludes the young coaches from challenging in the battle for positions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 22, no 3-4, 187-204 p.
influence, Bourdieu, habitus, young coaches, sport
Research subject Social Sciences/Humanities
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-2914DOI: 10.2478/ssr-2013-0009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-2914DiVA: diva2:644292