Young Danish women with ethnic minority background have a significantly higher dropout rate from sports participation than their Danish peers. Across racial and ethnic groups, young women from non-western countries have the highest dropout rates in youth sports, while studies also show that this group is less physically active when compared to their Danish counterparts and ethnic minority males. They also show an inverse relationship between the women’s age and their sport participation – when they enter puberty dropout rates increase dramatically. Therefore it is important to investigate whether honor-based social control in ethnic groups in Denmark influence young ethnic women’s decisions regarding membership and participation in Danish sports clubs and identify the cultural and religious values, which may influence the dropout rate. The study is based on interviews with parents of two groups of young ethnic women with a Muslim background. One group consists of 5-7 sets of parents to girls and young women who stopped playing sports around the onset of puberty. The other consists of 5-7 sets of parents to girls and young women who continued playing sports after the onset of puberty. Some of implications are: language barrieres (Danish, English and Arabic), Insider vs. Outsider, different limitations in the project.
PresentersAllai Abou Chaker
Student, Master, Aarhus University, Århus, Denmark
CULTURAL DIFFERENCES, EQUALITY, INTEGRATION, SOCIAL CONTROL, MINORITIES, IMMIGRATION