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The mainstreaming of disability cricket in England and Wales: Integration ‘One Game’ at a time

Kitchin, Paul James and Howe, P. D. (2014) The mainstreaming of disability cricket in England and Wales: Integration ‘One Game’ at a time. Sport Management Review, 17 (1). pp. 65-77. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2013.05.003

DOI: 10.1016/j.smr.2013.05.003

Abstract

Disability sport in Great Britain has, since its genesis over sixty years ago, gained greater public profile with each passing decade. Arguably, this is a result of a more direct, interventionist approach from the British government and the Sport Councils into the field of disability sport over the past twenty years. In this paper we highlight a case of integration within sport by examining the process of mainstreaming disability cricket within England and Wales. Following a review of the extant literature in this area we will draw upon Bourdieu's practice theory in order to examine the impact of the implementation of policy on the management of issues of disability in mainstream cricket. Longitudinal ethnographic data (including participant observation and semi-structured interviews) was collected on the organizations involved in this mainstreaming process. Informants were either involved in the delivery of disability cricket or in the management of disability sports partnerships. Preliminary findings suggest that true integration is still unrealized. Whether the policy seeks true integration or whether mainstreaming is simply another modernizing process seeking greater efficiencies from sport organizations is unclear. Nevertheless a number of institutional pressures from the proximal and distal external environments have provided support for generating mainstreaming initiatives at management levels. In addition to these findings we argue that an additional outcome of this research is to demonstrate the suitability of a relational approach for conceptualizing policy, its interpretation by sport managers and the implementation strategies that follow.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Integration; Mainstreaming; Cricket; Bourdieu; Disability sport
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:26360
Deposited By: Dr Paul Kitchin
Deposited On:24 Jun 2013 11:01
Last Modified:21 Mar 2016 09:27

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