Social integration of people with a migration background in Swiss sport clubs: A cross-level analysis

Buser, Matthias; Adler Zwahlen, Jenny; Schlesinger, Torsten; Nagel, Siegfried (2021). Social integration of people with a migration background in Swiss sport clubs: A cross-level analysis International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 57(4), pp. 597-617. SAGE journals 10.1177/10126902211022921

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Sport clubs are considered an ideal setting for the social integration of people with a migration background (PMB). However, they can also be a place of social closure practices, where assimilative ideas and ethnic boundaries are present. Besides the individual characteristics of the members, adequate club organizational structures are relevant for preventing social closure and facilitating social integration. Thus, the role of organizational structures for social integration might differ between natives and PMB. Based on data from 42 Swiss sport clubs and 780 sport club members, with and without a migration background, we analyzed individual (migration background, membership biography) and structural factors (situational, club goals, club culture) using multilevel models and tested cross-level interactions between structural variables and migration background. The results reveal that membership biography (e.g. membership duration and volunteering) and migration background are relevant for social integration. The estimated cross-level effects reveal that, unlike for natives and second-generation PMB, structural conditions are especially relevant for first-generation PMB. For example, social integration increases with a higher proportion of PMB in the club or a less assimilative club culture.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM > EHSM - Lehre und Sportpädagogik > Integration und Prävention

Name:

Buser, Matthias;
Adler Zwahlen, Jenny;
Schlesinger, Torsten and
Nagel, Siegfried

ISSN:

1012-6902

Publisher:

SAGE journals

Language:

English

Submitter:

Admin import user

Date Deposited:

20 Jun 2022 15:22

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2022 15:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/10126902211022921

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Social integration migration background sport clubs multilevel analysis cross-level interaction

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/16827

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