From Tracksuits to Targets: A Gramscian Analysis of the Role of Political Ideology Upon Community Sport Policy and Practice

Mori, Kate ORCID: 0000-0001-8104-3376 (2019) From Tracksuits to Targets: A Gramscian Analysis of the Role of Political Ideology Upon Community Sport Policy and Practice. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/7YU6F4J2

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The role and influence of politics upon sporting participation and provision in the UK has been well rehearsed (see, for example, Henry, 2001; Grix, 2010; Houlihan & Lindsey, 2013; Parnell et al., 2018). Utilising Gramsci’s (1971) seminal work on hegemony as a conceptual lens, this thesis advances debates around the sport/politics interface. It does so by examining the impact of political ideology, specifically neoliberalism, upon community sport across macro (government/political ideology), meso (policy development) and micro (delivery) levels, In so doing, the interconnectedness between each is empirically explored. In particular, the thesis addresses the following question: How (and/or to what extent) does political ideology influence sport policy development and impact community sport practice? Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with community sport development workers and policymakers, therefore spanning all levels of community sport, from policymaking to delivery at the grassroots. The research also utilised an online collaboration tool called Padlet in order to access collaborative constructed participant responses regarding the management and delivery of community sport. Empirical findings highlight a sector that is reluctant to speak out about an increasingly managerialist and marketised regime that does not always support the aims or intended outcomes of community sport development within diverse communities. Participants discussed the ideological conditions in which community sport operates and how this has resulted in several unintended consequences such as fragmentation of the market, job insecurity, deskilling of the workforce, non-existent quality assurance mechanisms and a competitive, rather than collaborative, culture. A new evidence-based framework for community sport - the Community Sport Development Framework (CSDF) - is introduced. The CSDF highlights the intersectionality and interconnectedness between practitioners, policy, governance, organisations and the community. It brings strategic direction, delivery methods and target groups to the fore, whilst placing the community at the heart of the process.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Community sport policy, UK
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2024 14:15
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2024 12:20

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