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Sports Participation and Cultural Identity in the Experience of Young People

Vegneskumar Maniam

This book focuses on inclusion and exclusion in sporting activities among young people in a multicultural society. Do young people who identiy with cultural groups other than the majority experience exclusion from sporting teams, or do they find themselves readily included? Does this vary across identities, and sports? In the context of Australia, where sport is an integral part of national life and one in four of the population were born overseas, and over 270 different ancestries are acknowledged, young people were asked to write about their cultural identity and their experiences playing sport. Using a humanistic sociological approach, the inductive analysis justaposed their sense of cultural identity with their participation or non-participation in sport, and with the particular sports played. This book is important for all those in culturally diverse society especially academics, teachers and sports administrators, who are interested in the issue of exclusion and inclusion of cultural minorities in sport.
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Maniam, Vegneskumar, Sports participation and cultural identity in the experience of young people / Vegneskumar Maniam. – 1st edition. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-03-431422-0 – ISBN 978-3-03-510715-9 (eBook) 1. Sports–Social aspects–Australia. 2. Marginality, Social–Australia. 3. Group identity–Australia. I. Title. GV706.5.M346 2014 306.4’83–dc23                          2014011330

The publication of this volume was supported by the School of Education, The University of Adelaide.

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