The Department of “Integration, Sport and Football” discusses modern sport and especially modern football sport in the context of social change. With special regard to the international research on integration, social capital and civil society, the analysis examines the cultural, social and political importance of (football) sport as an institutional informant in social integration processes. Research, counseling and knowledge transfer are the three central objectives of the department’s work.
Central Objectives: Research, Counseling and Knowledge Transfer
On the one hand, the department distinguishes itself by conducting basic, theory-driven and empirical research regarding interdisciplinarily designed research on integration, social capital and civil society. On the other hand, it conducts an empirically based, application-oriented research, which, e.g., includes evaluation studies on sports federations, sports associations, and civic engagement. Research results are introduced into the scientific community. At the same time, they serve as empirical counseling support of actors in government, politics, civil society, and the economy.
Research Focus Areas at Micro-, Meso- and Macro-Level
At the micro-level, for example, research focuses on how individual integration and exclusion processes take place in different sport-related settings. Here, the focus is on different forms of participation (active participation in sport, memberships in federations and associations, functional roles such as honorary posts, etc.) and their catalytic role in terms of the individual’s social integration within and through sport.
At the meso-level, one primarily investigates organizational structures and cultures in the field of sport, especially in football. This includes, e.g., theoretical and empirical studies on sports associations and federations, schools, structures of competitive sports promotion and companies. However, this also includes studies on migration and integration policies of sports federations.
At the macro-level, the department deals, among other things, with sport-related integration discourses, the social semantic change of sport and football, governance issues in the field of sport, and the changing network of relationships between state, market and civil society.