Policy from the pitch? Soccer and young refugee women in a shifting policy climate

Catherine Palmer

in Social Policy Review 20

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420763
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303473 | DOI:
Policy from the pitch? Soccer and young refugee women in a shifting policy climate

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This chapter explores some of the issues and challenges faced by a social researcher working in an Australian policy context. It is particularly concerned with the process and politics that underpinned an action research project conducted with a group of young Muslim, refugee women who play together in a ‘New Arrivals’ soccer team in Adelaide, South Australia. Although the chapter is concerned with sport, the issues it raises are considered as well. In addition, the chapter focuses not only on the findings of the research, but on the processes that underpin the research. The chapter begins with an overview of the soccer programme and its underlying preventive health agenda. The chapter ends by considering the key issues of research transfer and the governance of knowledge.

Keywords: social researcher; Australian policy context; politics; action research project; New Arrivals; soccer programme; preventive health agenda; research transfer; governance of knowledge

Chapter.  7122 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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