Title: Sport for development and peace: a systems theory perspective on promoting sustainable change

Authors: William V. Massey; Meredith A. Whitley; Lindsey Blom; Lawrence H. Gerstein

Addresses: Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, Concordia University, USA ' Department of Exercise Science, Health Studies, Physical Education, and Sport Management, Adelphi University, USA ' School of Kinesiology, Ball State University, USA ' Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Ball State University, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of systems theory to facilitate more robust and rigorous program design, implementation and evaluation in the SFDP field. Given the gap between micro-level program successes and macro-level change, a need exists to explore systems theories as a way to promote integration across various sectors of development and peace work generally, and SFDP specifically. In an effort to do so, a brief overview of the key issues in the SFDP field is given, highlighting the need for a systems approach. Next, an overview of systems theories is discussed, with a particular focus on the structural, attitudinal, and transactional model of peace building (Ricigliano, 2012). Then, current SFDP theories and models are discussed within the context of systems theories. Finally, commentary from SFDP practitioners is provided as it relates to the role of sport in promoting a more holistic approach to development.

Keywords: systems theory; structural models; attitudinal models; transactional models; programme design; implementation; evaluation; macro change; sport for development and peace; SDP; sustainable change; peace building.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMM.2015.074921

International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 2015 Vol.16 No.1/2, pp.18 - 35

Received: 02 Feb 2015
Accepted: 20 Aug 2015

Published online: 24 Feb 2016 *

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