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Sport for Peace?

Check out Meeghan Zahorsky’s blog.  Her post(s) on Sports and Peacebuilding look particularly interesting.  Here are a few quotes:

“Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people.
Nelson Mandela

Background: This is the beginning I hope of an ongoing dialogue about my research on sports and peacebuilding. I have the great honor of being selected as the H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Generations for Peace Graduate Scholar, and as such during the Conflict Resolution Master’s Program at Georgetown University, I will be exploring sports as a peacebuilding tool. As a life-long athlete, I look forward to combining my love of sports with my passion for international peace efforts.

Research: My studies begin in the library, in literature, in online research of organizations, theories and precedent, which I will continue to explore. However, I believe first-hand observation is paramount to this research. Therefore, I have started my exploration of DC-based groups that use sports to provide conflict resolution skills to youth. To begin with, I am taking a look at a comparative group that focuses on dance and conflict mediation. The argument of whether or not dance is a sport is ongoing and possibly irrelevant, but it is often overlooked as a method of peacebuilding and a viable alternative to more combative sports.”

This is an interesting idea.  It makes sense in many ways, though one might also wonder if the “sports culture” of the country concerned has an impact (the more machismo the more problematic for peace, perhaps).

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September 15, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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