Mapping Sport for Development and Peace as Bourdieu's Field

Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik, T. Dóczi

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Over the past two decades, there has been a growing interest in the use of sport and other forms of physical activity to reach development goals and to support peace-building and peace-keeping processes. The sport for development and peace (SDP) sector is continuously growing in terms of the types of stakeholders involved and the number of projects implemented. This paper examines the SDP sector using Bourdieu's field theory and his concept of habitus and capital. For this, a qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with 10 people involved in SDP was used. Their perception of the stakeholders in the field and the connections between them are analyzed through the lens of field theory. The analysis particularly focuses on the perceived role of the former United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), which was closed during the data analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Culture and Sport, Studies and Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2019


  • capital
  • field theory
  • habitus
  • sport for development and peace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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