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A ‘fair go’ on Australian beaches


Maxwell, H and Edwards, M and Stronach, M and Brown, V, A fair go' on Australian beaches, Annals of Leisure Research, 17, (4) pp. 476-494. ISSN 1174-5398 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies

DOI: doi:10.1080/11745398.2014.964274


Equality of opportunity is an ideal not always realized in community sport settings. This research explores if the symbolic notion of a ‘fair go’ can be enabled, and if so how participation opportunities can be enabled in community sport programme design to accommodate the variety of needs found in diverse population groups. We answer the research question, how is social inclusion interpreted in the mechanisms that support and sustain locally based community sport programmes? Using a mixed methodology, multiple case study approach, in the setting of an iconic Australian Civil Society Organization, programmes designed to engage recent migrants or refugees unfamiliar with Australian surf conditions and people with disabilities are analysed. Programmes were analysed using Bailey's social inclusion framework, encompassing spatial, relational, functional and power dimensions. Through comparative analysis, fundamental practices that allowed sustained implementation of socially inclusive programmes are identified. Additionally, the framework draws out the elements of the programmes that could be improved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social inclusion, community sport development, community champion, exclusion, marginalized
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:102203
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-08-04
Last Modified:2015-09-01

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