Article

Development, Gender and Sport: Theorizing a Feminist Practice of the Capabilities Approach in Sport for Development

Citation

Zipp S, Smith T & Darnell S (2019) Development, Gender and Sport: Theorizing a Feminist Practice of the Capabilities Approach in Sport for Development. Journal of Sport Management, 33 (5), pp. 440-449. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsm.2019-0126

Abstract
Sport for development (SFD) research and practice has become more critically examined recently, with many scholars calling for better understanding of how and why sport might contribute to the global development movement. Developing and refining theoretical approaches is key to unpacking the complexities of SFD. Yet, theory development in SFD is still relatively young and often relies on oversimplified theory of change models. In this article, the authors propose a new theoretical approach, drawing upon the capabilities approach and critical feminist perspectives. The authors contend that the capabilities approach is effective in challenging neoliberal ideologies and examining a range of factors that influence people’s lived experiences. They have woven a “gender lens” across the capabilities approach framework, as feminist perspectives are often overlooked, subjugated, or misunderstood. The authors also provide an adaptable diagrammatic model to support researchers and practitioners in applying this framework in the SFD context.

Keywords
development through sport; economic development; female athletes; feminism; social development

Journal
Journal of Sport Management: Volume 33, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Publication date30/09/2019
Date accepted by journal31/07/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30282
PublisherHuman Kinetics
ISSN0888-4773
eISSN1543-270X