The will for inclusion: bothering the inclusion/exclusion discourses of sport

Macdonald, Doune, Pang, Bonnie, Knez, Kelly, Nelson, Alison and McCuaig, Louise (2012). The will for inclusion: bothering the inclusion/exclusion discourses of sport. In Symeon Dagkas and Kathleen Armour (Ed.), Inclusion and exclusion through youth sport (pp. 9-23) Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.: Routledge.

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Author Macdonald, Doune
Pang, Bonnie
Knez, Kelly
Nelson, Alison
McCuaig, Louise
Title of chapter The will for inclusion: bothering the inclusion/exclusion discourses of sport
Title of book Inclusion and exclusion through youth sport
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
Series Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport
ISBN 9780415578035
Editor Symeon Dagkas
Kathleen Armour
Chapter number 1
Start page 9
End page 23
Total pages 15
Total chapters 17
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Worldwide, governments extol the virtues of sport for the benefit of the individual and society. Indeed, for many, participation in sport provides pleasure, a sense of achievement, companionship, identity, health outcomes, income etc. but there is more to sport than this. Sport is an embodied cultural practice that is invested with several interrelated biopolitical purposes beyond individual fulfilment, such as health promotion, social cohesion, and nation-building. The discourses of sport, often articulating assumptions about sport's inherent worthiness, permeate contemporary societies such that it is nearly impossible to sit outside the circulation of these discourses. Schools, families, community organisations, businesses, the media, government policies and associated services are all invested in the idea that the population should participate in sport. Thus, there is an enduring and omnipotent belief that non-participants, those 'excluded' from sport engagement for whatever reasons, should become participants such that they are 'included'. Given this will for inclusion, we suggest that one is never fully excluded from the discourses of sport, although some individuals might be excluded from the practices of sport. This is the first position we take in this chapter. [extract from introduction]
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