Sport and Social Inequalities. Part I
Sport can both reproduce and reinforce social inequalities and at the same time serve as a site of resistance and social change, albeit to unequal effects. This session invites papers that address either of these roles or the complex and complicated interaction of inclusion and exclusion through empirical and/or theoretical analysis of social relations in sport bounded by gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, social class, nationality, age and so on. We encourage scholars to reflect on the relationship between sport and social inequalities by exploring inequalities of condition, opportunity and capability. Papers can, furthermore, focus on the effects of inequalities and resistance on sports participants and organizations or instead examine sport’s ambiguous impact on broader social change.
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