Athlete Activism and Peace Education: Bridging the Social Inequality Gap through Sports

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Unit:
Department of Physical Education & Sport Science
Title:
Athlete Activism and Peace Education: Bridging the Social Inequality Gap through Sports
Languages of Item:
English
Abstract:
This paper examines the collaborative-intergenerational efforts, conflict resolution curricula, projects and training activities of non-profit organizations and NGOs— that reflect the values of Olympism—striving to eliminate racism and xenophobia as well as promote gender equity in sports. In this transitional stage of the postmodernist period, practices of social exclusion or underrepresentation due to gender, race, class, religion, sexual orientation, and so forth are socially problematic and theoretically inconsistent. The promotion of new role models and mentors in sports is vital in view of the systematic misinterpretation, or rather, misuse of Olympic values, such as obsessive competitiveness and the increase of violence and racism linked to sport events. Moreover, focusing on commercialization and consumerism are not incentives that reactivate Olympic values. A critical issue addressed, among others, is the democratization of the IOC structures. This paper argues that Peace Education—Olympism adapted into today’s globalized world—be incorporated into future reforms, educational policies and teaching practices in order to raise awareness concerning the core values of peace: pro-social attitudes, reducing ethnic prejudices, respect for diversity, promoting reconciliation, gender equality, non-violent conflict resolution and democratic decision-making.
Publication year:
2011
Authors:
Irene Kamberidou
Journal:
NEBULA 8.1, a Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship
Publisher:
NEBULA, JMS
Volume:
8
Number:
1
Pages:
168–180
Keywords:
Peace education-conflict resolution skills, Olympism, racism, xenophobia, gender equity, glass ceiling, glass escalator, tokenism
Main subject category:
Education - Sport science
Project information:
Kamberidou, I. (2011). Athlete Activism and Peace Education: Bridging the Social Inequality Gap through Sports.. NEBULA 8.1, a Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship, 168–180. Australia.
***Attached 2nd version, entire issue: pp. 141-156
Kamberidou, Irene (2011). Athlete Activism and Peace Education: Bridging the Social Inequality Gap through Sports. NEBULA A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship, Volume 8, Issue 1, December 2011. Online Quarterly Academic Periodical. ISSN – 1449-7751
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