“Mzungu!” : Implications of Identity, Role Formation and Programme Delivery in the Sport for Development Movement

Manley, Andrew, Morgan, Haydn ORCID: 0000-0002-1645-8599 and Atkinson, Joshua (2016) “Mzungu!” : Implications of Identity, Role Formation and Programme Delivery in the Sport for Development Movement. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 8 (3). pp. 383-402. doi:10.1080/19406940.2014.962072

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Prevailing academic notions regarding Sport-for-Development-and-Peace (SDP) programmes advocate a ‘transformative vision’ that is hoped to convert the movement from a ‘damaging’ development practice, to one which fulfils its potential and elicits benefits worldwide. Volunteers are perceived to be a fundamental element of this transformative vision. This paper provides insight into the voluntary experience of the SDP movement, placing particular attention towards notions of self, the (re)construction of identity and its impact upon the delivery of a developmental initiative located within a Zambian community. Utilising an interactionist perspective, the paper identifies three related themes which collectively represent the experiential landscape across which participant views were aired—preconceptions and effect on identity and behaviour; experiences and effect on identity and behaviour; and responses to experiences of identity disruption. Following analysis of these themes, the paper finds that SDP programmes may be enhanced through increased transparency of communication in relation to the role of the volunteer to limit preconceptions and expectations associated with the programme and enable volunteers to arrive in the field better equipped to respond to the challenges of the role.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics on 2nd July 2016 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19406940.2014.962072.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport for development and peace; Identity; Interactionism; Social role; Goffman
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Depositing User: Haydn Morgan
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2017 14:04
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:09
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5028

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