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Den institutionaliserade tävlingsidrotten: Kommuner, idrott och politik i Sverige under 1900-talet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2006 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Institutionalised Competitive Sport : Municipalities, Sport and Politics in Sweden during the Twentieth Century (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this dissertation is to describe and analyse the development of the sports movement at a local level during the 20th century, focusing on the relationship between the municipality, in a broad sense, and the sports clubs, as well as on the conditions that have affected this relationship and the effects this has had for the clubs’ structural and cultural configuration.

The thesis put forward is that there is a link between the parliamentary and governmental description of sport as socially beneficial, the relative autonomy of the sports movement, the institutionalisation of the municipalities’ sports policy and their involvement in the local sports culture and the expansion of competitive sport within the sports movement led by the Swedish Sports Confederation. The thesis is advanced in the context of a description of the Swedish sports model at the local level, its rise and eventual fall, and through case studies of three municipalities/local communities as well as a total of six sports clubs, all located in what is today Norrtälje municipality some ninety kilometres north of Stockholm.

The thesis is generally confirmed. From the perspective of the central state, within the framework of a corporate governance model, it has involved compromising with a strong sports movement and simultaneously gaining legitimacy and support for its sports policy. This has not caused any major problems as the Swedish Sports Confederation, the sports movement’s unitary organisation, has in all important respects developed organised sport in a desirable way, or at least one that the government authorities have been willing to accept in view of services in return. It appears to be the same at a local level. The municipality has rewarded that section of organised sport which has made, in its opinion, the best contribution to producing a both physically and mentally civic educational as well as integrating leisure activity. On the whole this has been applicable to the performance- and result-oriented sport. This type of competitive sport, or rather, the clubs which have run it, have also been expected to be able to assist in managing the range of facilities, in raising the municipality’s PR value, in creating new services and job opportunities and in uniting the inhabitants.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2006. , 551 p.
Stockholm studies in history, ISSN 0491-0842 ; 83
Keyword [en]
municipality, sport, sports movement, politics of sport, corporatism, power resources, mobilisation of power, allocation of resources, sports club culture, Swedish political history 1900-1999, local history
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-875ISBN: 91-85445-23-1OAI: diva2:200574
Public defence
2006-03-31, hörsal 7, hus D, Universitetsvägen 10, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2006-03-09 Created: 2006-03-09 Last updated: 2012-10-01Bibliographically approved

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