Guest Editors: Sine Agergaard, Paul Darby, Mark Falcous and Alan Klein
Today sport is a significant social arena through which we can study the evolvement of societal diversity, along with the challenges that follow suit. When the director of the Max-Planck-Institute for the study of ethnic and religious diversity, Steven Vertovec, coined the concept ‘Superdiversity’ (Vertovec 2007), he pointed out that migrants do not only diverge from one another in terms of their countries of origin and channels of migration as well as status (e.g., as legal or illegal migrant), diversity is also related with a variety in responses to migration by local residents and national authorities.
This special issue turns attention to such diversity in both the role sports may play in the lives of migrants and their descendants, but also to a variety in their societal reception, including political strategies as well as civic responses that shape options for migrants’ sports participation. As pointed out by migration scholars the current differentiation in migration is accompanied by a growing politicization of migration (Castles, Hass & Millar 2014). Such sentiment also involves growing scepticism towards minority ethnic groups’ participation in sports (Lenneis & Agergaard 2018).
In the current context, it is more relevant than ever to renew the theoretical and methodological approaches to research in sports and migration issues. There is a need of further developing theoretical concepts that can account for the diversity in how sport is linked with migration (Klein 2010, Darby 2013). A variety of perspectives such as process sociology, glocalization theory, and the global value chain model have already been used in studying sport and migration issues (see e.g., Maguire & Falcous 2011). Yet, the current context calls for a use of theoretical models that also encompass critical perspectives such as postcolonial theory and critical race theory (see e.g. Besnier 2015, Hylton 2010).
Also, methodologically we call for research in sports and migration issues to take up novel designs for this field such as participatory action research conducted together with migrants and their receiving communities (see e.g., Meir & Fletcher 2017). Furthermore, we need research designs that better cover the transnational nature of sports and physical culture in contributing to break down the tendencies towards methodological nationalism (Wimmer & Schiller 2003).
Thus we invite submission from the diverse field of research in sport and migration issues with particular interest in:
- Empirical papers that describe the increasing differentiation in sports and migration issues
- Literature reviews that map the theoretical and methodological perspectives applied in existing studies, while pointing to options for innovation of the field
- Theoretical papers that make use of conceptual frameworks and models that are novel (and relevant) to the field of research
- Papers that contributes to methodological innovation through use of techniques such as participatory designs in which specific groups of migrants and local stakeholders are involved in developing, implementing and evaluating research projects.
Please send a 250 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1. November 2021. Upon seletion, full papers should be submitted 1. April 2022