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State policy and Sami sport in Sweden and Norway
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2015 (English)In: ISSA 2015 World Congress - Book of Abstracts, 2015, 67-67 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
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With two points of departure – the political ambition “Sport for all” which has become an imperative for countries worldwide and particularly in the Scandinavian countries, and an interest in sport policy related to indigenous people’s sport – this paper addresses the Swedish and Norwegian government policy for Sami (the indigenous people of North West Europe) sport.By interviewing representatives of the government offices for sport policy and Sami policy as well as representatives of the respective Sami parliaments, and by applying an institutional approach of advocacy coalition framework, where the possibilities for influence through coalitions in policy making are conceived of as dependent on actors’ pre-understanding developed by former experiences, we constructed one main coalition in each country.The government office for sport policy and the respective umbrella organization for sport make up these coalitions, historically developed and heavily insitutionalized. A quotation from the Sami parliament in Sweden points to one problem, from their point of view, associated with such an arrangement: ” The Sami sports movement’s organization and purpose do not fit into the structure and the rules for subsidies that we have sport in Sweden”. It seems that relatively younger sport organizations, such as the Sami sport organizations, striving to offer sport to underrepresented groups have difficulties in creating space for influence in sport policy decision making processes, as long as the relationship between the state and the respective umbrella organization for majority sport remains corporatist and undisputed. This finding is discussed in relation to implications

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2015. 67-67 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-107748OAI: diva2:849318
World Congress of Sociology of Sport, Paris, France, June 9-12 2015
Available from: 2015-08-28 Created: 2015-08-28 Last updated: 2016-06-10Bibliographically approved

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