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Social inclusion of Muslim women in Australian community sport: the development of the 'burqini'

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Maxwell, H, Social inclusion of Muslim women in Australian community sport: the development of the 'burqini', Diversity and Equality in Leisure, Sport and Tourism, 6-8 July, 2010, Leeds, United Kingdom, pp. 45. (2010) [Conference Extract]


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Abstract

The role that community sport organisations [CSOs) play in overcoming the soc ial exclusion of Muslim women in Australia is explored. Three case studies of CSOs that value both gender equity and cultural diversity are considered. The notion that inclusive opportunities for sports participation can provide a forum through which to express and promote diversity leading to increased social cohesion has been supported widely in Australian leisure policy !Australian Sports Commission. 2006: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 2007) and embraced by sports management academics worldwide IArai & Pedlar, 2003: Nicholson & Hoye, 2008: Walseth & Fasting, 20041. The process of the development of social inclusion within the CSOs was in evidence in a range of cultural, religious and gender related adaptations which illustrated that the CSOs took a flexible approach to encouraging participation. These changes included adaptations in uniform i.e. the introduction of the 'burqini· and the adoption of women as coaches and managers. Muslim women in the CSOs played roles as community leaders and role models. These roles illustrated a process of enabling and empowering occurring.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Social inclusion, Muslim women, Australian sport
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social Change
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Arts and Leisure
Objective Field:Organised Sports
Author:Maxwell, H (Dr Hazel Maxwell)
ID Code:102425
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-08-20
Last Modified:2015-08-20
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