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Urgent expectations and silenced knowledge: on spontaneous sport space as public health promoter and sport stimulator
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2011 (English)In: European Journal for Sport and Society, ISSN 1613-8171, Vol. 8, no 3, 167-191 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyses how socio-economic and cultural variables have impacted on sports participation in Switzerland across time. Theories in behavioural economics are used to formulate a core model assessing the central budget restrictions to sports participation. The analysis is expanded to include intercultural differences between the three Swiss language regions and a longitudinal time perspective. Data is taken from nine waves of the Swiss Household Panel (2000–2008). A descriptive account of trends in sports participation and the variables influencing it over time is followed by regression analyses. Results show a continuation of significant inequalities in Swiss sports participation (in terms of age, income, education) as well as sociocultural differences across language groups. Nonetheless, it can be seen that sport has become more socially permeable over time (socio-economic convergence), and there are also clear signs of sociocultural convergence processes.

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Waxmann , 2011. Vol. 8, no 3, 167-191 p.
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sports participation, socio-cultural differences, household panel
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47752OAI: diva2:444316
Available from: 2011-09-28 Created: 2011-09-28 Last updated: 2011-11-11Bibliographically approved

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