Examining the capacity of a sport development programme to create social capital

Andy Adams , Kevin Harris, Iain Lindsey

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Robert Putnam’s conceptualization of social capital has been commonly associated with, and used to analyse, sport-for-development programmes. This paper bucks this trend and uses James Coleman’s rational strain of social capital to examine the use of sport as a component part of a programme to support male adults in addressing connected problems of substance misuse, homelessness and other forms of social exclusion. Using a qualitative research strategy, in-depth and longitudinal data were collected using individual interviews and focus groups with programme participants and key stakeholders over a three-year period. The results suggest the importance of unintentionality for the formation and use value of social capital; indicating that social capital created through this programme was individual, contingent on interactional context and benefited individuals in line with Coleman’s six aspects of social capital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)558-573
JournalSport in Society
Volume21
Issue number3
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Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Adams , Andy ; Harris, Kevin ; Lindsey, Iain. / Examining the capacity of a sport development programme to create social capital. In: Sport in Society. 2017 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 558-573.
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In: Sport in Society, Vol. 21, No. 3, 2017, p. 558-573.

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