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Idrottsrörelsens demokratifostrande: ett historiskt perspektiv
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Sport Sciences. (History and education)
2018 (Swedish)In: Idrott, historia & samhälle, ISSN 0280-2775, no 3–4, p. 42-71Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses how the Swedish sports movement’s democratic processes – and democratic fostering mission – has been described in policies from the late 19th century until the beginning of the 21st century. The strong and long-standing rhetoric of the sports movement as a ‘school in democracy’ is the background for this analysis. I particularly draw attention to the club level of the sports movement and how democracy has been discussed in that context. The analysis draws on previous research and analyses, including data such as government reports, sport manifest declarations and magazines. Theoretically, I utilise Ahrne and Papakosta’s resource mobilization theory, as applied to non-profit membership organizations. One of the article’s main findings is that 'democracy' and 'popular movement' were concepts that the leading representatives of the sports movement failed to use in the late-1800s and up until the 1920s. This was related to the fact that many leaders in the Swedish sports movement were of a bourgeois background and were strongly skeptical about parliamentary democracy (including general and equal voting rights, which were implemented in Sweden in 1921). Later on, since the 1970s, there has been an emphasising of the importance of the democratic decision-making processes within the sports movement and its democratic fostering dimensions. In accordance with Ahrne’s and Papakosta’s resource mobilization theory, my analysis shows that by the early 21st century the sports movement’s democratic institutions and processes had become a symbolic asset, and an effective tool in the struggle for Swedish democracy.

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2018. no 3–4, p. 42-71
Keywords [en]
Democratic fostering, Swedish sports movement, resource mobilization theory, representative democracy, school in democracy, sport club
Keywords [sv]
demokrati, idrottshistoria, idrottsrörelsen, Sverige
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-155536OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-155536DiVA, id: diva2:1280787
Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-02-08Bibliographically approved

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