Managing Diversity in Junior Sport: The Tension between Participation and Talent Identification
Free Public Lecture
Malaysia Theatre (B21)
Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design)
T: 8344 0472
Whether it’s within the workplace or on the sporting field, ‘diversity’ involves managing talent. In this public lecture, Professor Karen Farquharson will explore how community-based junior sports clubs balance the desire to provide participation opportunities for children and the imperative to win. Drawing from the research project ‘Participation versus performance: Managing (dis)ability, gender and cultural diversity in junior sport’, she will argue that participation and performance can be viewed as competing ideologies and that approaches taken to balance them have material consequences for how clubs manage other forms of diversity.
Professor Karen Farquharson, Professor of Sociology and Head of School of Social and Political Sciences
Professor Karen Farquharson
Professor of Sociology and Head of School of Social and Political Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Karen Farquharson is Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences. Her research has largely focused on the sociology and sport and the media. Her recent work has looked at how organisations manage diversity including organisational opportunities for and barriers to increasing diversity. Karen is coauthor of three books including Qualitative Social Research: Contemporary Methods for the Digital Age (2016) and coeditor of three collections, most recently Australian Media and the Politics of Belonging (2018) and Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanisation, Belonging, and the Normativity of European Whiteness (2018).