Decolonisation in Practice: A Case Study of the Kicking AIDS Out, Programme Development Jamaica

Oscar Mwaanga, Kolawole Adeosun

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Abstract

Similar to traditional development, neo-colonial tendencies are apparent in the sport-for-development and Peace (SDP) movement. As a result, a large majority of SDP scholars perceive the notion of 'decolonisation' as displacing the antecedents of colonialism; advocating for a postcolonial approach to future SDP initiatives decolonising the structures of hegemony that are in place. Though, we agree with these sentiments (and many more), and whilst this remains a justified cause, we however postulate that the postcolonial critique presented only offers an early foundation from which to decolonise SDP. Therefore, to build upon these foundations, there is a need for a methodological approach to guide critical engagement in SDP policy and research. Thus we propose the critical-participatory-paradigm (CPP) for consideration in this regard. Taking on one of Darnell & Hayhurst's (1) concluding points that the time is ripe to pursue a decolonising process that challenges structural inequalities. Through a qualitative evaluation research study of the Jamaican Kicking-AIDS-Out programme involving seventeen participants, we highlight how the CPP provides an additional philosophical and methodological framework for decolonisation. Even though decolonisation is not instant, the principles of the CPP resulted in certain principles that could be followed allowing for consciousness raising and enhancement of control in the research process by all vested interests.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-69
JournalJournal of Sport for Development
Volume5
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2017

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