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Exploring the adequacy and validity of 'sport': reflections on a contested and open concept

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In this paper we explore whether and how U+2018sportU+2019 can be an adequate and valid sociological concept considering the multitude of contested meanings and definitions attached to U+2018sportU+2019 by different stakeholders in the sports field. Firstly, we argue that essentialist definitions of U+2018sportU+2019 too often one-sidedly focus on physical exertion and neglect the socially distinguishing nature of sportive practices as part of a lifestyle. Secondly, survey questions reflect this physical definition of U+2018sportU+2019 and assume that U+2018sportU+2019 has an obviously similar meaning to respondents. However, reflecting the struggle to define U+2018sportU+2019 in the sports field, people with different socio-demographic backgrounds differ in their understanding of the concept. Because current measurement of U+2018sportU+2019 does not adequately deal with the open and contested nature of the concept, suggestions on how to collect survey data on sport participation are presented.
Tijdschrift: INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT
ISSN: 1012-6902
Issue: 4
Volume: 51
Pagina's: 485 - 498
Jaar van publicatie:2016
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IOF-keylabel:ja
BOF-publication weight:0.1
CSS-citation score:1
Auteurs:National
Authors from:Higher Education
Toegankelijkheid:Closed