Incomplete democratization and signs of individualisation
SourceEuropean Journal for Sport and Society, 1, 2, (2004), pp. 115-134
Article / Letter to editor
Display more detailsDisplay less details
SW OZ RSCR SOC
European Journal for Sport and Society
SubjectInequality, cohesion and modernization; Ongelijkheid, cohesie en modernisering
The aim of this study is to investigate trends and differences in active sports participation and in club membership in Flanders and the Netherlands. In both countries, time-trend data exist on the topic of leisure-time involvement in sports activities. During the previous decade, sports participation rates have increased in Flanders as well as in the Netherlands. On the other hand, in Flanders, the involvement in sports slightly decreased among the younger population, while in the Netherlands little to no growth can be detected (among the young people). With regard to club membership, in Flanders club membership increased in the 1990s, whereas in the Netherlands a reverse trend can be detected. As sports participation differences according to age and gender are generally greater in Flanders than in the Netherlands, it seems that a process of democratization has started earlier in the Netherlands than in Flanders. Still, despite Sports for All policies in both countries, differences in sports participation across educational level and socio-economic status pertain in both countries. Comparison of international data , from Sport England and from the Compass project, show that the Low Countries are not an exception in this regard. Above all, though, the present comparison raises the need for good longitudinal data on sports participation, especially better cross-national research using international standards.
This item appears in the following Collection(s)
- Non RU Publications 
Upload full text
Use your RU credentials (u/z-number and password) to log in with SURFconext to upload a file for processing by the repository team.