How can the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu assist sport management research?

Paul James Kitchin, P. David Howe

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Abstract

Currently there are some key issues that highlight the negative underbelly of sport and of those who manage it. Entrenched gender and racial inequality, corruption, and the marginalization of individuals and groups from organized sport suggest that the study of sport management requires a wider social and ethical dimension to its analyses. In attempting to develop critical research into sport management we ask how can the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu assist sport management research? This paper explicates the benefits of Bourdieu to sport management by suggesting a dynamic, relational approach to the implementation of his practice theory. We introduce the foundations of his opus and review their previous application in the study of organized sport. Drawing on these concepts we recommend adopting a longitudinal, critical, and ethnographic approach for a more nuanced understanding of how complex phenomena impact on the management of sport. This paper presents conceptual and methodological implications in conjunction with a call for further research to increase our critical understanding of sport management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-134
Number of pages12
JournalSport Management Review
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Bourdieu
  • practice-theory
  • social capital
  • organizational field
  • organizational habitus
  • ethnography

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