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Title: Human Rights and Sports Mega-Events: The Role of Moral Disengagement in Spectators
Authors: Schofield, E
Rhind, DJA
Blair, R
Keywords: Moral disengagement;Human Rights;mega-events;Olympics;FIFA
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 2018, 42 (1), pp. 3 - 22
Abstract: Human Rights issues such as freedom of speech, equality and displacement are repeatedly connected with the hosting of sports mega-events. Governments and event organisers require public backing to ensure these events remain sustainable; this study provides an explanation as to how the general population continue to provide this support in spite of these concerns through the framework of Bandura’s (1991) social cognitive theory of moral agency. Four focus groups consisting of 18 individuals who had attended a sports mega-event were carried out using a semi-structured format, covering the topics of freedom, protection, access, equality and ability. Subsequently, the data were analysed deductively using definitions of the mechanisms of moral disengagement (Bandura, 1991). The findings provide preliminary evidence of moral disengagement in members of the public who support sports mega-events. Implications for Human Rights organisations and other key stakeholders are discussed.
ISSN: 0193-7235
Appears in Collections:Dept of Education Research Papers

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