This case study focuses on what Street Soccer USA’s Sacramento Chapter (SSUSA) provides for its participants- namely whether and how it develops social capital and what outcomes that social capital produces. Much of the literature regarding social capital and social network mechanisms has focused on men in white collar positions (Granovetter,1973; Lin et al, 1981). A few studies have extended the analysis to women (Burt, 1998) in white collar positions and fewer to groups experiencing poverty and marginalization (Smith, 2005). What remains unanswered is whether these frameworks hold true for severely marginalized populations. The program under investigation is SSUSA’s women’s program. They provide recreational soccer programming for women experiencing homelessness. Social Leverage Theory (Chalip,2006) - pulled from the sport for development literature- can help us unpack the potential of SSUSA’s novel approach to workforce development through sport. By engaging participants through sport, SSUSA aims to help participants develop skills that will support their transition into housing, sobriety and employment. This case study seeks to understand where the traditional frameworks and the study populations’ lived experiences align and where they differ.
|Commitee:||Brazil, Noli, Cannon, Clare|
|School:||University of California, Davis|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/8(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Recreation, Social research, Sociology|
|Keywords:||Economic Capital, Homeless, Recreation, Soccer, Social Leverage, Street Soccer|
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