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Physical activity, sport and transnational migrant spaces in Shanghai, China: (Re)crafting contours of a metropolitan cityscape

Kohe, Geoffery Z., Nehring, Daniel, Tu, Mengwei (2021) Physical activity, sport and transnational migrant spaces in Shanghai, China: (Re)crafting contours of a metropolitan cityscape. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, . ISSN 1012-6902. E-ISSN 1461-7218. (doi:10.1177/10126902211009444) (KAR id:87609)

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Abstract

This study examines associations between sport/physical activity space, community formation, and social life among Shanghai’s highly-skilled migrant demographic. There is limited illustration of roles sports and physical exercise provision and spaces play in this migrant cohort’s lives, community formation, and participation in their host societies. Such evidence is of value in determining social policy, urban development and community engagement initiatives. Using a mixed-methods approach involving public policy critique, cultural and spatial analysis and virtual community investigation, this paper provides a conceptual exploration of ways sport and physical activity frame individual and collective migrant experiences, and how such experiences enmesh with wider geo-spatial, political and domestic context. Amid Shanghai’s presentation as a globally attractive space, we reveal some of the complexities of the city-scape as an emblematic location for highly mobile, highly-skilled migrants. A confluence of ideals about urban citizenship, social participation and localised physical activity/sport-based (inter)action, we note, articulate Shanghai anew, and contribute to debates on highly-skilled transnational mobility and community formation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/10126902211009444
Uncontrolled keywords: Shanghai, China, Sport, Physical Activity, Space, Migration
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Geoffery Kohe
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021 10:34 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2021 15:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/87609 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kohe, Geoffery Z.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6683-6669
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