Managing Social Issues
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Managing Social Issues

A Public Values Perspective

Edited by Peter Leisink, Paul Boselie, Maarten van Bottenburg and Dian Marie Hosking

Western societies face complex social issues and a growing diversity of views on how these should be addressed. The traditional view focuses on government and public policy but neglects the initiatives that non-profit and private organizations and local networks take. This book presents a broader variety of viewpoints and theories. Looking at various cases, the authors analyse conflicting values and interests, actors’ understandings of the public values related to social issues, and their action to create what they regard as public value. Drawing together these perspectives the authors point the way to how government and the private and voluntary sectors can work in tandem to resolve social issues.
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Chapter 7: Sport, social cohesion and community building: managing the nexus

Ramón Spaaij


Public policy actors draw attention to, and invest in, sport as a policy tool that can be used to strengthen public values such as social cohesion, community-building and civic participation. Sport is discursively positioned as a cure for pressing social issues such as the perceived rupture of the social bond and the ‘decline of citizenship’ (Jacobson 1996) that is associated with transnational migration and cultural and social diversity (Institute of Community Cohesion 2007; see also Vermeulen, this volume). A major focus of this policy discourse has been to promote active citizenship and engage ‘marginalized’ population groups with the purpose of enhancing or maintaining a socially inclusive and cohesive society.

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