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Building Peace through Sports Projects: A Scoping Review

School of Psychology and Sport Science, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK
Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK
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Academic Editor: Richard Giulianotti
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2129;
Received: 2 February 2021 / Revised: 9 February 2021 / Accepted: 13 February 2021 / Published: 17 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity, Health and Sustainability)
The term peacebuilding has gained traction in academic works since introduction in the 1960s. In recent decades, sport for development and peace (SDP) has also captured the interest of the academic community, with a growing field of work. This scoping review identifies and considers the academic literature on SDP projects deployed as peacebuilding tools in post-conflict communities, to gain a greater understanding of those projects and draw inferences from them collectively. Using strict inclusion criteria, results of database searches were narrowed down to 30 publications, which the review explored through comparing the publications and their findings, to reveal the range of disciplines this research is emerging from, the countries projects are operating in, the demographics targeted, and other key data. The resulting conclusion is that there is scope for more targeted studies to clarify specific demographics to include, whether there is an ideal age to engage with youth, or an optimal timeframe for involvement. Many of the publications reference the importance of being part of broader initiatives, but the best context in which to utilise sport, and how much of an impact is being made on the wider communities, is yet to be determined. View Full-Text
Keywords: sport for peace; peacebuilding; post-conflict communities sport for peace; peacebuilding; post-conflict communities
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