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Community-Driven Sports Events as a Vehicle for Cultural Sustainability within the Context of Forced Migration: Lessons from the Amsterdam Futsal Tournament

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Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University, P.O. Box 14428, Melbourne, Victoria 8001, Australia
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Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 15508, Amsterdam 1001 NA, The Netherlands
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Research Unit Sport & Society, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, Brussels 1050, Belgium
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Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 1020; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031020
Received: 1 January 2020 / Revised: 29 January 2020 / Accepted: 29 January 2020 / Published: 31 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sport and Sustainability)
Participation in sport can act as a means or context for enhancing the social inclusion of migrants and refugees. Research has examined if and how mainstream sport organizations’ practices of engaging newly arrived migrants and refugees are effective in supporting participation in sustainable and culturally appropriate ways. Little is known, however, about the impact of community-driven sports events on sustainable participation by migrants and refugees. This paper examines this question with an analytical focus on community sustainability and the role of culture in sport event sustainability practices. The authors draw on ethnographic fieldwork with the Amsterdam Futsal Tournament (AFT), a sports event organized by Somali diaspora community members, to consider how event organizers and participants seek to promote cultural sustainability in a diaspora sport context. The fieldwork comprised 49 semi-structured interviews, participant observation before, during and after the event, and digital ethnography of event-related social media. The findings show the importance of cultural sustainability as a driver of community-driven sport sustainability practices, but also indicate how this driver is closely linked to addressing organizational and individual sustainability. The analysis demonstrates how the AFT can serve as a catalyst for the expansion of sport and community events among Somali diaspora communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: community sustainability; culture; sport participation; diaspora; refugees; migration; football community sustainability; culture; sport participation; diaspora; refugees; migration; football
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Spaaij, R.; Schaillée, H. Community-Driven Sports Events as a Vehicle for Cultural Sustainability within the Context of Forced Migration: Lessons from the Amsterdam Futsal Tournament. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1020. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031020

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Spaaij R, Schaillée H. Community-Driven Sports Events as a Vehicle for Cultural Sustainability within the Context of Forced Migration: Lessons from the Amsterdam Futsal Tournament. Sustainability. 2020; 12(3):1020. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031020

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Spaaij, Ramón; Schaillée, Hebe. 2020. "Community-Driven Sports Events as a Vehicle for Cultural Sustainability within the Context of Forced Migration: Lessons from the Amsterdam Futsal Tournament" Sustainability 12, no. 3: 1020. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031020

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