Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


2 November 2016

Olympic to Amateurism: When Sports Become Resistance

Presented By Nicolas Moreau, University of Ottawa
  • 1-2 pm (part of the CRCC Seminar Series)
  • Brockington U1.22

About this event

Whether practiced recreationally or competitively, or used by social workers or by coaches for social development and inclusion, sports can be a very interesting psychosocial tool (improving health, cooperation, inclusion, openness, etc.) but, conversely, they can also harmful (doping, aggressive behavior, violence, etc.). Therefore, how can we explain that some athletes thrive in sports, while others are struggling with suffering and defeatism? How can sport be an agent of social transformation? Despite the singularity of each athlete, we believe that a number of elements (coach’s expertise and session content, for example) are required in order to transform sports into a psychosocial tool.

That's what we try to demonstrate by presenting the results of a qualitative study of vulnerable Canadian youths who participated in a Sport Plus intervention program. We will see that youths have identified a number of principles, which are necessary to transform sports into a tool for social change, and to develop what we have called “sport-resistance”.

This event is part of the CRCC Seminar Series.