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Reconciliation through sports? The case of South Africa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7167-609X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2008 (English)In: Third World Quarterly, ISSN 0143-6597, E-ISSN 1360-2241, Vol. 29, no 4, 805-818 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Can sports - and if so how - serve as a vehicle for reconciliation and increased social cohesion in countries wrecked by civil conflict? This article analyses the case of South Africa and its experiences in the sports sector since the fall of apartheid, in an effort to explore the processes necessary to understand the potential sports may hold for peace building. By identifying initiatives in South Africa employed at the national, community and individual level of analysis, the article outlines the possible effects of sports on reconciliation in divided states. Through linking experiences from state policies, ngo activities and donor projects with social identity and reconciliation theory, the article outlines the possible positive and negative aspects of sports. Finally, important avenues for further research to uncover how to turn sports into effective political tools for post-conflict peace building are suggested.

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2008. Vol. 29, no 4, 805-818 p.
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reconciliation, conflict, development, sport, South Africa
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-86536DOI: 10.1080/01436590802052920ISI: 000256701700008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-86536DiVA: diva2:117391
Available from: 2008-11-12 Created: 2008-11-12 Last updated: 2017-06-13

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