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Jun 6, 2017

In this episode, we focus on a soccer team in the western suburbs of Melbourne Australia. A team made up almost entirely of new arrivals and refugees from the Horn of Africa.

Our guest studied this team, its players and families over a 3 year period. And we'll be unpacking his key discoveries.

In particular, how the players' construct their identities, their sense of place, and belonging to their new country through soccer and sport more generally.

Also how the young women are resisting narrow & discriminatory views of femininity AND creating their own sports spaces.

Plus how sports clubs are serving their entire communities using strengths or assets-based approaches to drive change.

For full show-notes go to:

Episode 38 - Quick-Guide

▪ Ramon's emerging interest in soccer & sport

▪ The local soccer club on Ramon's doorstep

▪ The challenges of running a local soccer club - for migrants & refugees

▪ Why migrants & refugees want to be involved in a soccer club

▪ The trans-national identities of the soccer players

▪ The generational differences in attitudes towards sport (parents and children)

▪ The gendered nature of sport

▪ Developing social and cultural capital through sport

▪ How playing sport challenges ideas about 'femininity' (Bodily capital and gender)

▪ Bridging capital: facing exclusion and discrimination in sporting clubs

▪ How sports clubs are using strengths and asset-based approaches to drive change

▪ The Lightning Round: cultural mobility and sport, cultural differences, participation, gender in sport, inclusion, one way versus two way processes to change

▪ The impact on Ramon - of researching his local soccer club (realisations of white privilege)

Episode Links

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▪ There you'll also find resources to make your Phys Ed class and Sports Club more inclusive.

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