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Call for Chapters: Routledge Handbook of Sport, Leisure and Social Justice

Editors: Stefan Lawrence, Joanne Hill & Rasul Mowatt

ABSTRACT Deadline FRIDAY 26TH March 2021.

Please send an abstract of between 250-500 and a brief biography to s.t.lawrence@newman.ac.uk by the above deadline.

Social justice activism, work, protest and scholarship have never been so urgent. In recent times, the social and political progress that has been made by Western liberal democracies has been seriously affronted. The last few years or so have seen a rise in reports of hate crime, a resurgence in overt, colour-based racisms, anti-immigration rhetoric, domestic violence, homophobia, cuts to disability support allowances and the mainstreaming of white supremacist groups. Moreover, and perhaps even more worryingly, state policies and liberal discourses that purport to promote social mobility, equality of access and human rights legislation are at best failing to produce the results and outcomes that the rhetoric professes to achieve and at worst are the very reason for such regressions.

Sport and leisure spaces have been sites which do not escape such criticisms. In this respect they have reflected and perhaps are leading the resurgence of dominant hegemonies and social inequalities. It remains an important task for sport and leisure scholars to document the complex workings of relations of power that produce social inequalities and how sport and leisure spaces perpetuate such relations. However, as Foucault, noted, “where there is power there is resistance”, and to this end, we continue to witness a variety of stakeholders active in these same spaces use them as vectors through and in which social justice agendas are played out. It is equally important to understand then the role that sport and leisure scholars and political actors have in redressing the balance and ultimately tipping it in the favour of those working towards social justice.
This edited collection takes up this task, in some small way, by bringing together emerging and eminent scholars working at the nexus of sport, leisure and social justice studies. The editors welcome abstracts that might consider (but are certainly not confined to) the following areas:

  • LGBT+
  • ‘Race’ and Ethnicity
  • Class
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Mental and Physical Health Inequalities
  • Conceptualising and Theorising Social Justice
  • Poverty
  • Digital Culture (including digital poverty, trolling, online hate speech)
  • Pedagogy
  • Criminology Law and Justice
  • Individual Sports’ relationship to Social Justice work
  • Protest and Activism
  • Sport for Development
  • Community Sport
  • Methodologies
  • Activist-scholarship
  • Action Research
  • Policy and Practice Governance

As with handbooks more broadly, we will be encouraging authors to ensure their contributions are broader, ‘survey’-style chapters, which survey an area of sport and social justice, rather than ones that are addressing a narrow piece of research. Mapping and reviews of a field and/ or literature currently available and future directions for research are welcome elements of chapters for this collection. In that sense they are (or should be) a slightly different type of chapter to the regular edited collection submission and/ or journal articles.

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