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I ständig strävan efter framgång?: föreningsdemokratins innehåll och villkor i Örebro Sportklubb 1908-89
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (RISPA)
2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this dissertation is to study the conditions of and changes in sociative democracy processes at club level. One sports club is studied, Örebro Sportklubb (ÖSK), from its foundation in 1908 up to 1989. The main sources are club minutes, member magazines and annual reports. Democracy, and its twofolded relation to sport and economy processes, is the main problem area of the study. The specific question is how aspirations for economic effectiveness and sporting success influenced the democracy processes in ÖSK between 1908 and 1989.

The Swedish sports movement has been described as a democratic movement. But the same movement has also been portrayed as an undemocratic movement made of men, for men. The study is based on a broad understanding of the democracy concept where issues of representativeness, influence, participation and knowledge are prominent. At a club level, the study is analysing the contents of the Swedish sports movement's democracy and its change during the 1900s. The thesis also illustrates how the pursuit of economic efficiency affected the associative democracy. These efficiencies were visible already in the 1920s, but was deepened during the 1970s. In short, the democratic range decreased, and successful sections became less and less motivated to finance the deficits of other sections.

But the increased market orientation did not only represent a threat to the associative democracy. Marketisation and commercialization also preconditioned the democracy. At the club arena (Eyravallen), the members met in the clubhouse and café which, in turn, deepened the social capital and friendships within the club.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2014.
Örebro Studies in History, ISSN 1650-2418 ; 15
Keyword [en]
sports, association, democracy, non profit organisation, voluntarism, amateurism, professionalism, social capital
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-33836ISBN: 978-91-7529-017-1OAI: diva2:697840
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2014-05-23, Hörsal F, Forumhuset, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, 702 81 Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-02-19 Created: 2014-02-19 Last updated: 2015-12-28Bibliographically approved

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