Beyond the Rainbow: A Discourse Analysis of English Sports Organisations LGBT+ Equality Diversity and Inclusion Policies.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractLGBT+ issues and advocacy are becoming more considered in various policies throughout society. However, sport is often described as a resistive space to such policies. This paper examines the effectiveness of current LGBT+ equality policies within English sports organisations. Specifically, 188 National Governing Body (NGB) policies were reviewed as well as 67 policies from other relevant organisations. We utilised a Foucauldian discourse analysis to identify the dominant narratives within the policies. From our analysis we suggest that what is explicit throughout the policies is a partial stasis. This stasis takes the form of organisations gesturing towards change but failing to implement it concretely in their policies. We describe this process using the concept of ‘equality-proofing’ where just enough is done by organisations to gesture towards change or equality. Finally, recommendations for future policy praxis are considered.
CitationSpurdens, B., & Bloyce, D. (2022). Beyond the rainbow: A discourse analysis of English sports organisations LGBT+ equality diversity and inclusion policies. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, vol(issue), pp. https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2022.2080245
PublisherTaylor and Francis
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics on 31/05/2022, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2022.2080245
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