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  • 1.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete. Södertörns högskola, Centrum för Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning (CBEES).
    A morphogenetic approach to sport and social inclusion: a case study of good will’s reproductive power2023Inngår i: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, Vol. 26, nr 5, s. 837-853Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete. Södertörns högskola, Centrum för Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).
    A Nordic sport social work in the context of refugee reception2023Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [sv]

    Idrotten antas gynna positiva utfall, såsom god hälsa, utökat socialt nätverk med mera, och har alltmer kommit att ta plats som en aktör som adresserar sociala frågor. Den här avhandlingen, som består av sex publicerade artiklar, undersöker de förutsättningar som krävs för att svenska idrottsföreningar ska kunna inkludera underrepresenterade grupper, såsom människor med migrantbakgrund. Detta görs delvis i kontexten av konflikten i Ukraina, där ungefär 50.000 ukrainska människor nu befinner sig i Sverige. I sin helhet visar studierna på att idrottsföreningar, ofta i socioekonomiskt utsatta områden, har ett stort jobb framför sig. Det krävs tid, systematik och olika typer av kapital för att idrottsföreningarna ska kunna jobba hållbart med inkluderingsfrågor. Idrottsföreningarna behöver ofta någon, eller flera, med personligt driv, stark lokal förankring, och en förmåga att knyta idrottsföreningen till andra aktörer i samhället. I kontexten av detta argumenteras det för att idrottsföreningar och idrottens samhällsnytta diskuteras mer explicit i samband med som i socialt arbete kallas ’samhällsarbete’, för att tydligare karva ut och konceptualisera idrottens roll inom socialt arbetes forskning. I den senare delen av avhandlingen undersöks inkluderandet av ukrainska migranter, och hur detta har upplevts av idrottsföreningarna. Detta görs både ur ett pragmatiskt och ett kritiskt perspektiv i avhandlingens två avslutande studier. Nästintill alla idrottsföreningar är övervägande positivt inställda till ukrainska migranter och hur dessa har välkomnats in i föreningen men i ett fåtal fall finns det viss friktion kring träningstraditioner mellan ukrainska barns föräldrar och svenska tränare. I den avslutande studien visas det även på hur ukrainska migranter pratas om som mer ’förtjänta’ av en god inkludering jämfört med andra migrantgrupper. Detta grundas i idéer om ukrainare som mer kulturellt lika svenskar, att dom inte utgör ett hot såsom andra grupper av flyktingar upplevs göra, och att ukrainare är mer villiga att bidra till svenska samhället än andra grupper. Sammantaget så kartlägger avhandlingen en rad viktiga faktorer att tänka på när idrottsföreningar jobbar mot underrepresenterade grupper, men visar även på att idrottsföreningar stundtals särbehandlar vissa grupper – detta strider då mot den vedertagna idén om att idrott är till för alla, som vägleder svensk idrottsrörelse.

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  • 3.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Andreasson, J. & Johansson, T. (eds.) (2018). Extreme sports, extreme bodies: Gender, identities and bodies in motion2021Inngår i: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, Vol. 24, nr 3, s. 490-492Artikkel, omtale (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 4.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Brazilian jiu-jitsu as social and psychological therapy: a systematic review2021Inngår i: Journal of Physical Education and Sport, ISSN 2247-8051, E-ISSN 2247-806X, Vol. 21, nr 3, s. 1544-1552, artikkel-id 196Artikkel, forskningsoversikt (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    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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  • 5.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Don't Mind the Hypocrisy: a Commentary on Differentiated Treatment in Refugee Reception2023Inngår i: Socialinė teorija, empirija, politika ir praktika, ISSN 1648-2425, Vol. 26, s. 8-15Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för polisiärt arbete.
    European voluntary sport clubs’ enabling and constraining effects on refugees’ social inclusion: an integrative review2024Inngår i: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    European governments have increasingly relied on voluntary sport clubs (VSCs) to address social issues, particularly refugees’ social inclusion. Contemporarily, millions of Ukrainian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries; VSCs are thus more relevant than ever. This review synthesised the research on VSCs’ enabling and constraining features regarding refugees’ social inclusion. The review was conceptualised according to Bronfenbrenner’s Process-Person-Context-Time framework and DeLuca’s spectrum of social inclusion. The key findings indicate that: (i) initiatives are propelled by individuals with pre-existing capital and a commitment to social justice; (ii) the interaction between the organisational culture of VSCs and these individuals plays a crucial role in achieving social inclusion; (iii) VSCs often overlook refugees’ strengths; and (iv) cross-sectoral collaborations prove beneficial for VSCs. In summary, to effectively address refugees’ social inclusion, VSCs need support, resources, intercultural education, and exposure to nuanced notions of social inclusion.

  • 7.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete. Södertörns högskola, Centrum för Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning (CBEES).
    Facilitating migrant youths’ inclusion into Swedish sport clubs in underserved areas2024Inngår i: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, Vol. 14, nr 1, s. 121-135Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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. 

  • 8.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete. Södertörns högskola, Centrum för Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning (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 Youths2022Inngår i: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 19, nr 9, artikkel-id 5725Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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.

  • 9.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Safety, Shame, and Ambiguity — the Case of Ukrainian Male Refugees2023Inngår i: The international migration review, ISSN 0197-9183, E-ISSN 1747-7379Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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.

  • 10.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för polisiärt arbete.
    Sports clubs’ role in community capacity development: illustrations from the Swedish sports movement2024Inngår i: Community Development Journal, ISSN 0010-3802, E-ISSN 1468-2656Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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.

  • 11.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    The integration of Central- and Eastern European immigrants through sport: Findings from a Delphi study2021Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    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.

  • 12.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    The power of drugs: Implications from substance-use in ancient cultures2020Inngår i: Anthropology Book Forum, E-ISSN 2380-7725, Vol. 6, nr 1Artikkel, omtale (Annet vitenskapelig)
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  • 13.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    The role of the Swedish Sports Confederation in delivering sport in socioeconomically deprived areas2022Inngår i: International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, ISSN 1940-6940, E-ISSN 1940-6959, Vol. 14, nr 4, s. 589-606Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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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  • 14.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Towards Understanding Post-Socialist Migrants’ Access to Physical Activity in the Nordic Region: A Critical Realist Integrative Review2021Inngår i: Social Sciences, E-ISSN 2076-0760, Vol. 10, nr 12, artikkel-id 452Artikkel, forskningsoversikt (Fagfellevurdert)
    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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  • 15.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Ukrainian refugees and the Swedish sports movement: new opportunities and challenges2024Inngår i: European Sport Management Quarterly, ISSN 1618-4742, E-ISSN 1746-031X, Vol. 24, nr 3, s. 661-680Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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. 

  • 16.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Ukrainian refugees' reception in Swedish sports clubs: 'deservingness' and 'promising victimhood'2024Inngår i: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 27, nr 2, s. 267-280Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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.

  • 17.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete. Södertörns högskola, Centrum för Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning (CBEES).
    Understanding Central- and Eastern European migrants’ inclusion into sport: a Delphi study2023Inngår i: International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, ISSN 1940-6940, E-ISSN 1940-6959, Vol. 15, nr 1, s. 109-124Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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. 

  • 18.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för polisiärt arbete.
    Seldén, Daniel
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Socialization in Sambo and Inter-Generational Transfer of Sambo Values2024Inngår i: Italian Sociological Review, ISSN 2239-8589, Vol. 14, nr 2, s. 363-383Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The sport of sambo is the result of the Soviet legacy, embedded in a rich historical tradition that seek to guide its practitioners through life. Here, I explore how this legacy is expressed through its practitioners, specifically, post-socialist sambo-practicing migrants. I conceptualize sambo’s imprint as a structural and cultural conditioner according to Archer’s (1995) analytical dualism, predisposing them towards certain situational logics. When the sambo practitioners interact with local sport environments, several courses of action are discerned. For the first-generation migrants who are born into the ‘sambo way’, the influence of sambo weighs heavily in their decision-making. This is negotiated, and the agency plays a vital part when integrating into the mainstream sports-sphere. However, for migrants not born into the sambo doctrine, the influence is peripheral and diminished in favor of other, stronger, belief systems. In conclusion, sambo exerts a strong normative force, but the transmission between generations severely hampers the meaning and impact of sambo.

  • 19.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Shaw, Vince
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Performance increments without audience: Paired Data From Mixed Martial Arts Fighters During Covid-192020Inngår i: Revista De Artes Marciales Asiaticas, E-ISSN 2174-0747, Vol. 15, nr 2, s. 50-58Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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.

  • 20.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Stylin, Pilo
    Swedish Budo and Martial Arts Confederation, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Integrating Rough-and-Tumble Play in Martial Arts: A Practitioner's Model2021Inngår i: Frontiers in Psychology, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 12, artikkel-id 731000Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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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  • 21.
    Kassman, Anders
    et al.
    Marie Cederschiöld högskola, Sverige.
    Kneck, Åsa
    Marie Cederschiöld högskola, Sverige.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för polisiärt arbete.
    Hur kan ledare inom idrottsrörelsen navigera delvis motsägelsefulla förväntningar från utövare, föräldrar, styrelsen och staten?2024Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [sv]

    Genom idrottsrörelsens verksamhet förväntas ett brett spektrum av mervärden, utöver enbart idrottslig utveckling och sportsliga framgångar. Främjandet av fysisk aktivitet, samhörighet, meningsfull fritidssysselsättning, social inkludering, integration, demokratisk fostran och brottförebyggande arbete bidrar till att motivera statlig och kommunal finansiering. I det implicita kontraktet mellan staten och idrottsrörelsen ingår även en aktiv strävan att vara öppen och tillgänglig för alla. Engagemanget för breddat deltagande utspelar sig i hög grad inom lokala medlemsbaserade föreningar, där ideella ledare står inför komplexa utmaningar. Ledaren har en nyckelroll, navigerar genom behov och förväntningar från utövare, föräldrar, styrelser och stat där egna förmågor och resurser blir avgörande. För att underlätta för den ideella lokala ledaren behövs olika former av stödstrukturer som behöver synliggöras tillsammans med ledarnas förutsättningar och bidrag till idrottsrörelsen.

  • 22.
    Lindström, Jonas
    et al.
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    Blomqvist Mickelsson, Tony
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Socialt arbete.
    En match utöver det vanliga: Om ett kunskapsbaserat arbetssätt i idrottssvaga områden2022Rapport (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [sv]

    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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