Trying to fit in - upper secondary school students' negotiation processes between sports culture and youth culture

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In this paper we present results concerning how students in a Danish upper secondary school negotiate between sports culture and the prevailing norms of youth culture in a local school context. The study shows that it can be rather difficult for young people to combine sports culture with the local youth culture, because living a healthy and physically active life doesn’t fit very well with the prevailing norms of youth culture, which involve a dominant social arena characterized by parties and alcohol. By applying the figurational sociology of Norbert Elias, this article shows that being included in a sports figuration can result in exclusion from the youth figuration. Young athletic students are therefore in a constant process of negotiation, where they struggle to fit into both sport and non-sport related contexts, because it is important to belong within both. The study is based on 16 focus group interviews [N=120] conducted over four years in one Danish upper secondary school.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
Vol/bind54
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)445-458
Antal sider14
ISSN1012-6902
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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CURIS 2019 NEXS 168

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