A Definition of Sport and Social Entrepreneurship

  • Tomas Peterson
  • Katarina Schenker


In this chapter, five theses are formulated to frame the concept of social entrepreneurship and to make it fruitful in a sports policy context. The social element, entrepreneurship and sport are entities forming the point of departure for the analysis. The first thesis concerns the social good and the normative goals of democratic fostering. The second and third concern the issues of means and goals and how they are materialized in the voluntary sector. The last two theses concern the conflictual crossing of boundaries between different sectors in society. The theses are accompanied by a case study that contextualizes social entrepreneurship in a Swedish sports policy context.


Social entrepreneurship Sport Crossing boundaries Goals-means Social good Conflict perspective 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomas Peterson
    • 1
  • Katarina Schenker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sport ScienceMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden
  2. 2.Department of Sport ScienceLinnæus UniversityVäxjöSweden

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