Politicisation of migrant leisure: a public and civil intervention involving organised sports

Bidragets oversatte titel: Politisering af indvandreres fritid: en offentlig og civil intervention involverende organiseret sport

Sine Agergaard, Annette Michelsen la Cour, Martin Treumer Gregersen

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understanding of the rationalities of specific political interventions, and the techniques
used to monitor the leisure activities of particular target groups. This process
of politicization is revealed here through a case study of an intervention that
provides sporting activities in holiday periods for migrant children and adolescents
living in so-called socially disadvantaged areas (DGI Playground). The
analysis highlights the rationality that the leisure time of migrant youth is a
potentially dangerous time slot and they must be engaged in organized sports;
that is not only healthy but also civilizing and character forming leisure time
activities. Techniques of monitoring the intervention are developed in a partnership
between public institutions, regional umbrella organizations and local sports
clubs leading to a need for employment of welfare professionals. Furthermore,
the article illustrates that in the discursive construction of subject positions for
the target group, migrant youth tend to become clients and recipients of public
services rather than potential members of civil sports clubs. These findings are
supported by ethnographic interviews with participants that show how youngsters
who took part in DGI Playground were able to reflect the official aim of
the programme and relate this to their desire to have fun and hang out with their
friends. The article ends with a discussion of the further scope of applying critical
theoretical perspectives to studies of migrants’ leisure and sports activities.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftLeisure Studies
Vol/bind35
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)200-2014
ISSN0261-4367
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2016

Emneord

  • governmentality; political thinking and techniques; ethnicity; socially deprived

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Politicisation of migrant leisure : a public and civil intervention involving organised sports. / Agergaard, Sine; Michelsen la Cour, Annette; Treumer Gregersen, Martin.

I: Leisure Studies, Bind 35, Nr. 2, 2016, s. 200-2014.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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