Family matters: studying the role of the family through the eyes of girls in an SfD programme in Delhi

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Chawansky, Megan and Mitra, Payoshni (2015) Family matters: studying the role of the family through the eyes of girls in an SfD programme in Delhi Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 18 (8). pp. 983-994. ISSN 1743-0437

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Abstract

This article elaborates on the significance of the ‘family factor’ in facilitating sport for development (SfD) opportunities by presenting findings related to a research project with an SfD project based in Delhi, India, which seeks to empower adolescent girls through sport. The findings add to the limited understanding of the role of the family in SfD opportunities; the paucity of studies which examine SfD initiatives in India and more recent studies of sport and physical culture in India. The girls of this study emerged from families who were largely supportive of the sporting opportunities and the empowerment promised through their SfD involvement. However, these families expressed concerns about issues of violence against girls and women in Delhi which impacted girls’ opportunities to enact empowerment in public spaces and to access nontraditional gender roles. Furthermore, an additional understanding of the family emerged wherein the extended family of origin served as a foil to the empowered girls within this study. The findings offer more nuanced understanding of the effects of the family for SfD programming that seeks to empower girls.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics > L216 Feminism
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/17430437.2014.997577
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 03:00
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2015 11:53
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/13491

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