Youth and Sport for Development

The Seduction of Football in Liberia

Authors: Collison, Holly, Collison, Holly

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Processes of development concerning reconciliation, rehabilitation and peace-building have become a central theme for global organizations tasked with intervening in broken and divided societies after violent conflicts. What can reunite populations divided by war and violence whilst attempting to build a peaceful civil society? This book considers the impact and value of sport, notably football, towards achieving this goal.

Using extensive fieldwork from Liberia, Collison highlights the multiple and diverse stakeholders and actors aligning themselves with ‘Sport for Development and Peace’ interventions. By unpacking and conceptualising the ambiguous terminology, complex social effects and the lived experience of SDP, this book draw upon participant voices and the author’s own lived experience within SDP to gain symbolic understandings of culture, identity and the formal and informal social structures in which participants and interventions operate.         

Collison identifies that SDP has become fashionable within development agendas but it remains an aspirational image, a notion of seduction, rather than a tested method of reintegration and youth development in post-conflict environments. Youth and Sport for Development questions the assumptions of SDP rhetoric and programs, and traces the effects of football - the favoured vehicle of SDP- on youth in post-conflict Liberia. Examining three core themes: post-conflict development, youth and community, this book centralises the narratives of young football players in Liberia and will appeal to scholars across Anthropology, Sociology, Sports Studies, Politics and Development. 

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Holly Collison is a Research Associate at Loughborough University, UK. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Liberia, West Africa, examining urban youth and the use of football within Sport for Development and Peace projects. Her research interests include sport and international development, cultural studies, youth, notions of community, SDP and social anthropology. She is currently involved in a comparative research project examining the Sport for Development and Peace sector in multiple international locations. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Youth and Sport for Development
Book Subtitle
The Seduction of Football in Liberia
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52470-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52470-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52468-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 241
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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