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Social Inclusion in Community Sport: A Case Study of Muslim Women in Australia


Maxwell, H and Foley, C and Taylor, T and Burton, C, Social Inclusion in Community Sport: A Case Study of Muslim Women in Australia, Journal of Sport Management, 27 pp. 467-481. ISSN 1543-270X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1123/jsm.27.6.467


This paper considers how organizational practices facilitate and inhibit the social inclusion of Muslim women in a community sport setting. A case study of social inclusion practices in an Australian community sport organization (CSO) was built through interviews, focus groups, secondary data, and documentary evidence. Drawing on the work of Bailey (2005, 2008) the analysis employed a social inclusion framework comprised of spatial, functional, relational, and power dimensions. Findings indicated that there are a range of practices which facilitate social inclusion. Paradoxically, some of the practices that contributed to social inclusion at the club for Muslim women resulted in social exclusion for non-Muslim women. Examining each practice from multiple perspectives provided by the social inclusion framework allowed a thorough analysis to be made of the significance of each practice to the social inclusion of Muslim women at the club. Implications for social inclusion research and sport management practice are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social inclusion, Muslim women, community sport
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Organised sports
UTAS Author:Maxwell, H (Dr Hazel Maxwell)
ID Code:102196
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-08-04
Last Modified:2015-09-07

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