Call for Papers | Special Issue of Sport in Society: Girls, International Development and the Politics of Sport

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Drawing on dominant claims of the positive benefits of sport and physical activity, a growing number of sport for international development and peace (SDP) projects seek to empower ‘marginalized’ girls and young women in the global South. Sport may be a new approach to help girls and young women address the palpable problems they face in varied communities around the world, but there is still much that needs to be understood about the use of sport for development and peace interventions. SDP programmes promise positive change through sport trainings and varied life skills curricula that endeavour to educate girls and young women on topics such as reproductive health, hygiene, effective communication, and financial literacy. It is the aim of these programmes to use sport to improve the lives of girls and young women by working directly with them on issues and challenges they face. In turn, they are framed as part of the solution to their own ‘problems’. We seek contributions that will offer an analysis of how, why, and if sport can help girls and young women of the global South. We expect contributions to raise complex questions surrounding transnational and postcolonial feminisms, sporting practices, power, bodies, gender, and sexuality.

Useful facts

  • Title and Abstract (150 words) due: 1 December 2013
  • Please email title, abstract and full contact details to Megan Chawansky at
  • Confirmation of acceptance: 15 January 2014
  • First draft of articles due: 1 August 2014
  • Feedback to authors: 15 September 2014
  • Final manuscripts due: 15 October 2014
  • Expected article length (6,000-7,000 words, including references)
  • Instructions for authors:
  • For more information or to request this information in an alternate format contact: Megan Chawansky (
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