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The myth of a 'fair go': Barriers to sport and recreational participation among Indian and other ethnic minority women in Australia


  • Sawrikar, Pooja
  • Muir, Kristy


The latest national data shows that ethnic minority women in Australia have the lowest rates of sport and recreational participation, raising doubt about whether everyone has "a fair go" to participate. This article explores the types of barriers perceived or experienced by Indian women in Sydney, compared to a larger group of culturally and linguistically diverse women across Australia. Support was found for socio-cultural, access, resource and interpersonal constraints. Moreover, it appears that Indian and other ethnic minority women generally perceive access to sport as equal, but not necessarily the opportunity to participate, indicating a level of social exclusion. The researchers suggest that promoting an image of cultural diversity in the institution of sport can significantly stimulate the interest and participation of Indian and other migrant women. This may not only benefit their personal health and wellbeing, but it may also increase their sense of social inclusion in sport (and) in Australia.

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  • Sawrikar, Pooja & Muir, Kristy, 2010. "The myth of a 'fair go': Barriers to sport and recreational participation among Indian and other ethnic minority women in Australia," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 13(4), pages 355-367, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:spomar:v:13:y:2010:i:4:p:355-367

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    1. Dixon, Marlene A., 2009. "From Their Perspective: A Qualitative Examination of Physical Activity and Sport Programming for Working Mothers," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 12(1), pages 34-48, February.
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