Call for Abstracts: “Sport for Social Inclusion: Critical Analyses and Future Challenges”

social-imclusionThe journal Social Inclusion will launch a special issue under the title  “Sport for Social Inclusion: Critical Analyses and Future Challenges”.

Professor Marc Theeboom and Dr. Reinhard Haudenhuyse will serve as the Guest Editors for this issue. Professor Marc Theeboom is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy and Chair of the Department of Sport Policy and Management at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Dr. Reinhard Haudenhuyse is an external Research Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Authors interested in submitting a paper for this special issue are kindly asked to consult the Instructions for Authors and Membership Requirement, and send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira ( by 31 March 2014.

Deadline for Submissions:  31 March 2014 (abstract) | 15 July 2014 (full paper)

Information:  There is a general belief in the good of sports, which almost ‘naturally’ leads to the use of sports as an answer to a number of personal and social issues. Besides physical fitness and improved health, the proclaimed potential benefits of participation in sports are improved mental health and psychological well-being (leading to reduction of anxiety and stress), personality development (via improved self-concept, physical and global self-esteem/confidence, self-confidence and increased locus of control), socio-psychological benefits (such as empathy, integrity, tolerance, cooperation, trustworthiness and the development of social skills) and broader sociological impacts (such as increased community identity, social coherence and integration) (e.g., Bailey et al., 2009; Coalter, 2005; Fraser-Thomas et al., 2005, Gould & Carson, 2008; Petitpas et al., 2005). However there is a growing awareness that more knowledge and expertise is needed to raise the alleged social potential of sports. Incorporating an international and multidisciplinary perspective, the special issue aims at making a comprehensive, critical and state-of-the-art analysis of different aspects that are related to the role of sports towards a more inclusive society, including:

  • Experiences and meanings attributed to sport participation from the perspectives of specific excluded groups;
  • Sport coaching and guidance from a critical sociological or pedagogical perspective;
  • Organisational, contextual and institutional features of inclusive sport programmes;
  • Analysis of local, regional, national and transnational (e.g. EU) sport policies and how such policies contribute in social inclusionary and/or exclusionary mechanisms;
  • Approaches of monitoring and evaluation of inclusive sport programmes.

The guest editors will provide an introductory chapter in which sport and social inclusion will be conceptualised and discussed.

Keywords:  coaching; exclusion; pedagogy; policy; social inclusion; sport

Membership Policy: Authors need to join Librello membership or be affiliated to an institutional member in order to submit their papers to this special issue. For further information please consult our Membership Policy.

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are kindly asked to consult the Instructions for Authors and Membership Policy, and send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira ( by 31 March 2014.


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