Sport-for-Development: The Emergence and Growth of a New Genre

Palgrave Macmillan
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Global Sport-for-Development: Critical Perspectives, 2014, 1, pp. 3 - 11
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In this chapter we briefly survey the S4D field, evaluate its origins and evolution. We pinpoint key problems for the genre, both in terms of theory and praxis, and establish how the book "Sport-for-Development: Critical Perspectives" and its constituent chapters proposes to address these shortcomings. Our focus is on explaining the significance of critical theory informing practice, and of practice informing scholarship. In short, the chapter highlights the value of conceptual rigour underlying S4D programme goals, planning and delivery, and the subsequent imperative for monitoring, evaluation and critical reflection thereafter.
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