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Peace Plus the Shooting?: A Critical Evaluation of SDP Practices and Tenability
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study discusses the phenomenon of Sport for Development and Peace, in short SDP, which in recent years and with active support from the United Nations has been constantly gaining importance. Focusing on football, as the most popular sport, the thesis asks the question whether the generally positive view on both sports and the effects of sport participation on behaviour and the psycho-social development of youths is indeed a realistic assessment and if, in consequence, the game of football is accordingly applicable to projects in a peace-building context.

To answer that question, the thesis first gives an overview over existing views and agendas concerning SDP projects among the international community, NGO’s, the private sector and academia. Then, two case studies of projects in Israel and the Balkans are presented, followed by a review of academic findings on the overall impact of sports. In an analytical part, the findings on the views on SDP, the case studies and the research considering sport in general are brought together.

As a main result, the study manages to answer the research question, reaching the conclusion that the ramifications of sport are indeed much more ambivalent than generally suggested, and that the assessment of NGO’s, MNC’s and the UN alike would need to be adjusted accordingly. The UN recommendation to further sports in a peace-building context is not supported, however the human right to access to sport is recognised and the proliferation of sports in this context encouraged. It is however pointed out that such programmes are not automatically conductive towards the aims of peace and development work, but should rather be closely watched and well planned and implemented to avoid negative effects. Furthermore, SDP projects should be more thoroughly connected to other civil society initiatives. Both recommendations are so far not followed by the initiatives selected for the case studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
peace, conflict, reconciliation, crisis, children, sport, football, sdp, pd, peace, development, peace and development, NGO, UN, fifa, eufa, olympic movement, socio-psychology, psychology, sociology, aid, education, fun
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34533OAI: diva2:720710
Educational program
Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
2014-01-24, 2014-01-24, K1074, Hus K, Linnéuniversitetet Växjö, Universitetsplatsen 1, 352 52 Växjö, 11:30 (English)
Available from: 2014-06-03 Created: 2014-06-02 Last updated: 2014-06-03Bibliographically approved

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