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  • 1.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    A morphogenetic approach to sport and social inclusion: a case study of good will’s reproductive power2023In: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, Vol. 26, no 5, p. 837-853Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recently, it has been suggested that critical realism offers a potential lens to understand sport and social change. This paper utilizes a case study with a Swedish martial arts club, renowned for its social inclusion culture and undertaking of a refugee initiative. I analyze this material according to Archer’s (1995) morphogenetic approach. The results show that several issues prevent the refugees’ social inclusion. According to the morphogenetic approach, these issues are due to structural- and cultural conditions, which partially set the stage for how the club responds to diversity. In contemplating incidents that hamper the initiative, informants deliberated how refugees fail to adopt specific ways of training and behaving. The narratives reflect the broader Swedish political climate concerning migrants’ adaptation, where assimilation, rather than integration, is preferred. Thus, the paper contributes towards the (critical) realist-understanding of sport and social inclusion and offers insights into generative mechanisms that underpin exclusionary practices.

  • 2.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).
    A Nordic sport social work in the context of refugee reception2023Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Sports facilitate a range of positive outcomes, such as health, social networks and more, and have increasingly been considered a movement that is addressing social issues. This dissertation, consisting of six published articles, examines the necessary conditions for including underrepresented populations in Swedish sports clubs, such as people with migrant backgrounds. This is done, partially, in the context of the current conflict in Ukraine, where approximately 50.000 Ukrainians reside in Sweden. In summary, the studies show that sports clubs, often in underserved areas, have much work ahead of them. Time, consistency, and different types of capital are needed in order for the sports clubs to work in a sustainable fashion with social inclusion. Sports clubs need one, or more, individuals with personal drive, local anchoring, and with the ability to initiate collaborations with other important actors. Within this context, I argue that sports clubs should be more explicitly discussed in conjunction with what is known as ‘community work’ to more clearly carve out and conceptualize the role of sports within social work research. In the dissertation’s latter part, I explore the inclusion of Ukrainian migrants, and how this has been experienced by the sports clubs. This is done with both a practical, and critical, perspective in the dissertation’s two final studies. Almost all sports clubs are overwhelmingly positive towards Ukrainian migrants and how these have been welcomed into the sports clubs, but in a few instances, there have been frictions relating to ideas of training between Ukrainian youths’ parents and Swedish coaches. In the final study, I show how Ukrainian migrants often are talked about as more ‘deserving’ of being included compared to other migrant groups. This is grounded in ideas on Ukrainians as being more culturally similar to Swedes, that they do not pose the same security threat as other migrant groups are believed to do, and that Ukrainians are more willing to contribute to Swedish society compared to other groups. In summary, the dissertation maps out a range of critical factors to consider for sports clubs when they work with underrepresented populations, but also shows that sports clubs occasionally treat different groups differently – this conflicts with the idea that sports should be, equally, available to everyone; a guiding principle of the Swedish sports movement.

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  • 3.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Andreasson, J. & Johansson, T. (eds.) (2018). Extreme sports, extreme bodies: Gender, identities and bodies in motion2021In: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 490-492Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Brazilian jiu-jitsu as social and psychological therapy: a systematic review2021In: Journal of Physical Education and Sport, ISSN 2247-8051, E-ISSN 2247-806X, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 1544-1552, article id 196Article, review/survey (Refereed)
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    The results surrounding the socio-psychological contribution of the martial arts are contested. One analytical distinction that has been made is that traditional, as opposed to modern martial arts, are more well-suited to such ends. Yet, this distinction is not always made, rendering shallow the analytical depth of this topic. Brazilian jiu- jitsu (BJJ) is an emerging martial art that has been highly touted as a social and psychological form of therapy. However, this claim derives from anecdotal reports and narratives. BJJ's potentially therapeutic properties have been understudied because of the sport's recent emergence. It has not been systematically assessed to date. Considering BJJ’s late emergence and direct connection to other modern martial arts, it is unclear whether BJJ is considered a modern- or traditional martial art; something that has implications for a martial art’s potential to contribute towards developmental outcomes. This systematic review identified 12 articles of BJJ's potential social- and psychological properties. In summary, the research on BJJ is focused on two salient themes: the psychosocial outcomes and the social meanings of BJJ. The former tended to focus on the relationship with aggression, with little theoretical consideration for how BJJ functioned as an agent of social change. However, the latter offered a glimpse into such mechanisms through sociological inquiries that effectively highlighted how BJJ entails developing resilience. While the literature uniformly indicated that BJJ holds promise as a form of therapy, research also points to BJJ’s complex social nature. This characteristic entailed social rituals that BJJ- practitioners go through, which are socially- and morally debatable. The review thus suggests further theoretical considerations to the emerging field of BJJ research. In summary, BJJ training may be an appropriate public health intervention considering its social climate and emphasis on developing resilience and its mitigating effect on aggression. However, more research is needed to explore unhealthy traditions that seem to exist in BJJ.

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    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Don't Mind the Hypocrisy: a Commentary on Differentiated Treatment in Refugee Reception2023In: Socialinė teorija, empirija, politika ir praktika, ISSN 1648-2425, Vol. 26, p. 8-15Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The current conflict in Ukraine has forcibly displaced a large number of people and has put migration issues at the center of attention once again. A small, but growing, body of literature has revealed that Ukrainian refugees are being treated differently vis-à-vis other refugee groups – this is a clear concern for the social work profession, which is supposed to safeguard all minorities’ rights equally. In this commentary, I briefly review and focus on one aspect of why Ukrainian refugees are seemingly being treated ‘better’ – culture. Cultural proximity has been argued to be a major factor in how the Western response to the current conflict has been shaped, where Ukrainians, but not other refugee groups, are conceived of as culturally compatible with Western countries. The commentary conceptualizes this treatment within the framework of ‘promising victimhood’ and suggests that further research should focus on how victimhood is constructed within the social work profession in relation to the current crisis.

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  • 6.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Facilitating migrant youths’ inclusion into Swedish sport clubs in underserved areas2022In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Swedish sports movement has gained an increasingly profound role in addressing social issues. One such issue is migrant youths’ social inclusion in underserved areas, and the underlying assumption is that sports clubs fulfill an important function here. However, retaining migrant youths in organized sports in these areas is difficult, and sports clubs often struggle with the resources to satisfy social policies. This paper explored the practices of 12 experienced Swedish sports clubs to illuminate the strategies deployed to recruit and retain migrant youths in underserved areas. Sports clubs were conceptualized as local development-initiatives according to Rothman’s community work classification, and the results were analysed with Bronfenbrenner’s Person-Process-Context-Time framework. The results show that sports clubs are run by compassionate and locally embedded individuals, but that the representatives’ different forms of capital and sensitivity differentiate their success. Three processes are stressed as essential. Clubs need to establish robust relationships with migrant youths’ parents. Secondly, since clubs are contingent on driven, but strained, individuals, it is imperative to recruit and utilize (migrant) youth trainers. Finally, sports clubs must work in tandem with important institutions, such as the school. In summary, sports clubs must adopt creative strategies, and have resilience, time, and support. These findings indicate that enabling migrant youths’ inclusion into sports requires holistic solutions. 

  • 7.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).
    Parental Perceptions of Youths’ Desirable Characteristics in Relation to Type of Leisure: A Multinomial Logistic Regression Analysis of Martial-Art-Practicing Youths2022In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 19, no 9, article id 5725Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Parents place their youths in sport with the belief that doing so will produce developmental outcomes. However, it is unclear if parents enroll children in different sports based on different desired characteristics they wish their youth to develop. This paper analyses the link between youths engaged in martial arts (MA) compared to other leisure activities. MA research has indicated the importance of masculinity and gender ideals that suggest that parents hold certain visions when enrolling their youths in MA. For example, one such vision is for their youths to be able to handle themselves in physical encounters. Two research questions guided the study. First, what characteristics do MA parents desire their children to develop? Secondly, how do these desires correspond to MA youths' actual characteristics? We utilize multinomial logistic regression analysis on nationally representative data from the Netherlands. The results show that MA parents are younger, their youths are of migration background, and the parents value characteristics such as self-control, responsibility, and acting "gender appropriately". These results correspond to their youths; MA youths are consistently characterized by more masculinity compared to the youths in other groups. The results bear implications for how MA environments must safeguard against potentially harmful and misleading norms.

  • 8.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Safety, Shame, and Ambiguity — the Case of Ukrainian Male Refugees2023In: The international migration review, ISSN 0197-9183, E-ISSN 1747-7379Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Forced migration from Ukraine is characterized by its distinctive demographic character: women, children, and the elderly. This distinctiveness is due to the sex-selective military recruiting law forcing Ukrainian men to stay in the country. Despite this law, anecdotal reports about Ukrainian men fleeing into neighboring countries have surfaced. As such, Ukrainian male refugees are a salient minority. In this article, I reflect on how this salient minority status affects Ukrainian male refugees. The sex-selective military recruiting law sends a potential message: Ukrainian men are not only legally supposed to stay in Ukraine, but strong normative forces are also at play. In short, stigma and shame are potential feelings that penetrate these men's day-to-day lives. I suggest that researchers approach the subject matter using two theoretical streams: (a) a gendered lens and (b) a theoretical framework of “promising victimhood” with notions of “undeserving” versus “deserving” refugees. I encourage researchers to do so while considering the sensitive situation in which Ukrainian male refugees find themselves.

  • 9.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Police Studies.
    Sports clubs’ role in community capacity development: illustrations from the Swedish sports movement2024In: Community Development Journal, ISSN 0010-3802, E-ISSN 1468-2656Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Strong political neoliberal currents in Sweden are directing attention toward communities’ responsibility to address local issues, particularly in disadvantaged areas. In parallel, community sports clubs in Sweden have gained strong traction as being sites where social issues can be addressed. In Swedish disadvantaged areas, where infrastructure is of poor quality, these clubs can be an important addition to statutory interventions, but they need to be further explored in terms of strategic pathways and conditions. Community sports have only recently been conceptualized with Chaskin’s capacity-building concept. In this paper, I seek to further stimulate this line of inquiry. By using material from two interrelated projects with informants in the sports movement, I show how sports clubs use multiple strategies according to three of Chaskin’s proposed strategies: leadership development, organizational development, and inter-organizational collaboration. By outlining an empirically dense illustration, this paper contributes to the research on sports clubs and their role in the community and provides suggestions on how strategical assessments must include how associations develop strategies online.

  • 10.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    The integration of Central- and Eastern European immigrants through sport: Findings from a Delphi study2021Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Research question: Contemporarily, most governing sport bodies view migrants as culturally homogenous group although research shows that culturally insensitive sport programs effectively hinder participation and integration through sport. This paper aimed to assess culturally contingent components when integrating Central- and Eastern European (CEE) migrants through sport. Following research questions were posed. What are the contextual factors necessary- or detrimental to facilitate integration through sport? What factors are specific to CEE immigrants?

    Research methods: The Delphi method was deployed, in which three rounds of data collection were conducted in order to work towards consensus. 19 CEE-experts in sport, ranging from researchers, governmental employees to NGO-workers were recruited.

    Research findings: The experts agreed upon a comprehensive set of guidelines for the general sport-for-integration literature, but also identified culturally contingent components related to CEE-migration and sport. These included that; CEE-migrants usually are labor- migrants and have little time for leisure; usually have experience from organized sport which can ease integration through sport in Western societies where organized sport is common; it is imperative to be culturally aware of CEE-migrants origin, as the Soviet history can be sensitive; travel and are thus familiar with other (sporting) cultures.

    Implications: The study expands upon the current sport-for-integration frameworks that view migrants as a culturally homogenous group; instead, the study shows that sport scholars- and practitioners need to pay attention to social, political, historical and cultural factors in the delivery of sport programs. Given the political turmoil in Eastern Europe, we can expect increased migration from this region.

  • 11.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    The power of drugs: Implications from substance-use in ancient cultures2020In: Anthropology Book Forum, E-ISSN 2380-7725, Vol. 6, no 1Article, book review (Other academic)
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  • 12.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    The role of the Swedish Sports Confederation in delivering sport in socioeconomically deprived areas2022In: International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, ISSN 1940-6940, E-ISSN 1940-6959, Vol. 14, no 4, p. 589-606Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study explores the role of the Swedish Sports Confederation (SSC) in its pursuit of supporting sports in socioeconomically deprived areas, specifically targeting ethnic minorities. This is no easy task, seeing as the SSC does so through ‘steering’ voluntary sport clubs towards social policy goals. Utilising multiple qualitative sources from 35 SSC representatives, this study examines the practices of the SSC according to Bronfenbrenner’s Process-Person-Context-Time approach. The results show that the SSC foreground their practices by initiating inter-sectoral collaborations to ensure sustainable funding to clubs and that the ‘principle of closeness’ permeates the practices; every link in the process is locally embedded and builds upon the strength of the clubs. The sport club consultant, acting as the direct link between exo-level directives and the clubs’ micro-setting becomes a key factor whose individual characteristics become a decisive factor. In conclusion, the SSC works in a complex collaborative sphere in which specific individuals become central in reaching the clubs. Importantly, the SSC adopts a bottom-up approach, recognising the strength and resourcefulness of the locals. The results have implications for federations that work under the governance of neoliberal result-oriented regimes – if sport clubs should carry out this work, the federations need to understand how they must accommodate and assist these sport clubs adequately.

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  • 13.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Towards Understanding Post-Socialist Migrants’ Access to Physical Activity in the Nordic Region: A Critical Realist Integrative Review2021In: Social Sciences, E-ISSN 2076-0760, Vol. 10, no 12, article id 452Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Experiences of, and access and barriers to, physical activity (PA) differ between individuals. This becomes perpetuated in a migration context. Although there is super-diversity between migrant groups, health research rarely accounts for this cultural diversity. More concerningly, the matter of context is rarely scrutinized or juxtaposed with the specifics of certain ethnic groups. This integrative review assessed the evidence on post-socialist migrants’ PA levels, constraints, and enablers for PA in the Nordic region. The results show that post-socialist female migrants have an especially high risk of being physically inactive. The qualitative work elucidates socio-cultural factors that impose specific constraints on females when attempting to engage in PA. Furthermore, in scrutinizing the context, Nordic nature (Friluftsliv) is a viable way for migrants to access PA with additional health benefits (e.g., mental). However, the Nordic environment also poses specific PA challenges, such as harsh winters. This can be understood by considering post-socialist migrants’ prior use of, and attitude to, nature. The review highlights the importance of understanding specifics about both migrant groups and contexts through a critical-realist lens in the pursuit of providing PA opportunities. Future PA programs need to understand the contextual, sociohistorical, and cultural settings in which they and migrants are embedded.

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    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Ukrainian refugees and the Swedish sports movement: new opportunities and challenges2023In: European Sport Management Quarterly, ISSN 1618-4742, E-ISSN 1746-031XArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research Question: The war in Ukraine has forced approximately eight million people into neighboring European countries. As part of sports clubs’ societal commitment, many have received Ukrainian refugees. However, compared to previous so-called ‘refugee waves’, forced migration from Ukraine is different in terms of demographics, culture, and (sports) traditions. This paper aimed to assess these ‘new’ nuances and their implications for the European sports movement. Research Methods: Data were gathered through 17 semi-structured interviews with Swedish sports club representatives, analyzed with a critical realist-inspired thematic analysis, and interpreted with Bronfenbrenner’s process-person-context-time framework. Results and Findings: The representatives expressed that Ukrainian refugees are more in-tune with organized sports compared to other refugee populations; however, there are also culturally discrepant ideas about sports. Specifically, there seems to be an influx of skilled (youth) refugees, who approach sports in ways incompatible with Swedish conventions about youth sports. While the sporting capital often enables easier inclusion, it also presents challenges in extreme cases. Implications: The findings show that the European sports movement must be attentive to new challenges and opportunities associated with the current humanitarian crisis. Sports representatives need to balance culturally sensitive approaches with ethical considerations regarding youth sports. 

  • 15.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Ukrainian refugees' reception in Swedish sports clubs: 'deservingness' and 'promising victimhood'2023In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An emergent discourse along with a small, but growing, body of empirical research scrutinises how Ukrainian refugees are being treated differently compared to other refugee populations and how western societies construct 'hierarchies of victims'. For social work, a discipline designated to combat inequity, there is a strong incentive to understand if these hierarchies exist within welfare-providing organisations. This paper explores the Swedish sports movement's reception of Ukrainian refugees vis-a-vis other refugee populations through semi-structured interviews with sports representatives. The theoretical lens used is the perspective on 'promising victimhood', where refugees are framed as more or less worthy of the nation-state's protection and welfare benefit. The results show two themes. Ukrainian refugees are perceived to be culturally- and economically better 'performers'; they share Swedish values and are perceived as willing to contribute to Swedish society, whereas other refugee groups are depicted as lazy and culturally deviant. Second, the perception of Russia as a threat to Europe makes respondents sympathise to a greater extent with Ukrainian refugees. This sympathy is increased when representatives consider Ukrainian refugees' demographic characteristics: most are women and children. The results show that social work needs to be vigilant, and challenge, these ideas to not facilitate inequalities in refugees' reception.

  • 16.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Understanding Central- and Eastern European migrants’ inclusion into sport: a Delphi study2023In: International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, ISSN 1940-6940, E-ISSN 1940-6959, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 109-124Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The world is, again, witnessing a humanitarian ‘crisis’, as over seven million Ukrainian refugees have fled the border at the time of writing. Culturally sensitive practices are keys in leveraging sport for migrants. Yet, this research has not explored what cultural sensitivity is, regarding Central- and Eastern European (CEE) migrants. This paper assessed culturally contingent components when considering CEE migrants inclusion into European sport. The Delphi method was deployed, and three rounds of data collection were conducted. 19 CEE experts in sport (researchers, NGOs, governmental employees) were recruited to jointly produce a set of consensual directives. The results were analysed with Bronfenbrenner’s Process-Person-Context-Time model. The key agreements consisted of four significant themes. Facilitators included shared experiences of (organised) sport, and CEE migrants’ familiarity with other cultures. Barriers included the nature of labour migration on time- and economy to engage in leisure, and stereotypical and misleading perceptions of ‘post-soviet residents’. In conclusion, the results show that a range of similarities may exist between CEE and European (sport) contexts that could be conducive to CEE migrants’ inclusion into European sport, but that practitioners will need to be aware of sensitive Soviet history. 

  • 17.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Shaw, Vince
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Performance increments without audience: Paired Data From Mixed Martial Arts Fighters During Covid-192020In: Revista De Artes Marciales Asiaticas, E-ISSN 2174-0747, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 50-58Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During COVID-19, athletes have been forced to compete in the absence of audience. Athletic and cognitive performance have been shown to be both incremented and decremented when competing either with or without audience, something that has been termed 'social facilitation'. The current study sought to investigate this effect in a naturalistic experiment due to the current pandemic, in a sport in which the effect has never been examined; mixed martial arts (MMA). A performance variable was constructed, and data from 86 fighters who competed during COVID-19 were collected and compared to previous competition history. In total, 586 bouts were analyzed. Data distribution and assumptions were explored in which non-normal distribution was found. Subsequently, a test of marginal homogeneity and a Wilcoxon Signed Ranks test were performed. The results showed that MMA fighters who won their bout without audience displayed poorer performance's in previous bouts, which were attended by audience. The current study further explores the notion of social facilitation effects and suggests there may be a need to pro-actively incorporate training alternatives that could mitigate performance decrements in fighters who are prone to negative effects due to external stimuli, such as an audience. However, due to the limited observations in the non-audience condition the study results should be interpreted cautiously and considered highly preliminary.

  • 18.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Stylin, Pilo
    Swedish Budo and Martial Arts Confederation, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Integrating Rough-and-Tumble Play in Martial Arts: A Practitioner's Model2021In: Frontiers in Psychology, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 12, article id 731000Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper introduces a model that explains psychosocial development by embedding the developmental concept of rough-and-tumble play (RTP) into the contextual settings of martial arts (MA). Current sport-for-change literature relies on theories that address contextual factors surrounding sport but agrees that sport in itself does not facilitate developmental outcomes. In contemporary times where western societies invest substantial resources in sport programs for their psychosocial contribution, this becomes problematic. If the contextual factors surrounding sport are exclusively what produce developmental outcomes, what is the rationale for investing resources in sport specifically? We challenge this idea and argue that although contextual factors are important to any social phenomena, the developmental outcomes from sport can also be traced to the corporeal domain in sport. To date, we have lacked the theoretical lenses to articulate this. The developmental concept of RTP emphasizes how "play fighting" between consenting parties stimulates psychosocial growth through its demand for self-regulation and control when "play fighting" with peers. In short, RTP demands that individuals maintain a self-regulated mode of fighting and is contingent on a give-and-take relationship to maintain enjoyment. RTP can thus foster empathy and prosocial behavior and has strong social bonding implications. However, such play can also escalate. A fitting setting to be considered as moderated RTP is MA because of its resemblance to RTP, and its inherent philosophical features, which emphasizes self-regulation, empathy, and prosocial behavior. This paper outlines what constitutes high-quality RTP in a MA context and how this relates to developmental outcomes. By doing so, we present a practitioner's framework in which practitioners, social workers, and physical educators can explain how MA, and not merely contextual factors, contributes toward developmental outcomes. In a time where sport is becoming increasingly politicized and used as a social intervention, it too becomes imperative to account for why sport, and in this case, MA, is suitable to such ends.

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  • 19.
    Lindström, Jonas
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    En match utöver det vanliga: Om ett kunskapsbaserat arbetssätt i idrottssvaga områden2022Report (Other academic)
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    Den här rapporten handlar om idrottsrörelsens arbete i så kallade utsatta områden i Sveriges städer. Främst handlar det om det arbete som Riksidrottsförbundet (RF) startade år 2017 med hjälp av anslag från regeringen. Syftet med anslagen – som dels har att göra med 2015 års flyktinginvandring då många ensamkommande unga kom till Sverige – kan ses som ett försök att genom föreningsidrotten verka för inkludering och känsla av delaktighet och sammanhang på de platser där många känner sig utanför majoritetssamhället.

    RF:s arbete är inriktat mot så kallade idrottssvaga områden, det vill säga utsatta områdendär föreningsidrotten inte är lika framträdande som i andra områden. I vissa finns det ingen föreningsidrott alls. I rapporten diskuteras innebörden i begreppet idrottssvaga.

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