Changing Patterns in Danish Team Sports

Peter Mindegaard (Lecturer)

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies


In recent years sport in Denmark has been characterized by many changes. Traditional team sports, such as handball and football, have seen a decrease or stagnation in the number of participants, respectively, whereas body cultural activities in general have increased constantly during the same period.

As sport and society cannot be analysed separately, these changing patterns are being researched using a hypothesis that there are a discrepancy between on the one hand the way in which handball and football are organized and institutionalized and on the other hand the way in which people live in a modern society, characterized by information technology patterns.

These patterns are analysed using the configurational analysis as defined by Eichberg, as it offers a methodology for sketching the interdependent connections by which movement on the one hand and society on the other hand create and influence each other. Statistics, historical methods, questionnaires and interviews are among the analytical tools used.

Results show that societal patterns influence the way in which we participate in sports. And as the contemporary Danish society is in a changing stage, this may force the sports organisations to change the organisational patterns of their activities.

Emneord: Football, Society
Period28. Jul 2008
Event typeConference
LocationKyoto, Japan


  • Football, Society