Urbanisation and sport participation in townships in China

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dc.contributor.advisor Hong, Fan en
dc.contributor.advisor Xiong, Huan en
dc.contributor.author Feng, Jing
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-20T15:47:32Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.date.submitted 2013
dc.identifier.citation Feng, J. 2013. Urbanisation and sport participation in townships in China. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1485
dc.description.abstract Urbanisation as a phenomenon is a complex social process which can be quite difficult to define and understand. In recent years, urbanisation in China has developed at an ever increasing rate. Urban population rates have now surpassed 50% (figure from 2011). Based on the growing importance placed on the increasing number of urbanised/urbanising townships, the issue of people’s lives within the townships has also become an important feature in regard to the impact that urbanisation is having upon China. Clearly this links China’s urban development to the transformation of sport participation in China. This research aims to examine what the reality of the sport participation on-the-ground is within six selective townships in China and examine the reasons for the reality through the lens of figurational theory. In order to do so, some features of Norbert Elias’s figurational theory (involvement and detachment, power) are employed as the theoretical framework. Two townships in Lüliang of Shanxi province, two townships in Jincheng of Shanxi Province and two townships in Huizhou of Guangdong province were selected in order to answer these key questions. The three cities which the townships are located are in different stages of urbanisation. Semi-structured interview were conducted. The current situation were described from the aspects of age, gender, occupation and income aspects and the transformation of sport participation. This research concludes that the current sport participation situation within these six townships is due to the influences stemming from several aspects: sport policy and sport organisation; economy condition, culture, urbanisation, and self-requirement and individual interest towards sport. This power forms a network of interdependency which also aids our understanding of the current sport participation within these six selected Chinese townships. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2013, Jing Feng. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Urbanisation en
dc.subject Townships en
dc.subject China en
dc.subject Sport participation en
dc.subject.lcsh Urbanization--China en
dc.subject.lcsh Sports--China en
dc.title Urbanisation and sport participation in townships in China en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.check.info Indefinite en
dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Asian Studies en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
dc.thesis.opt-out true
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2014 en


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