Sports: The Expectation of Children and Young Practitioners in the Favela
José Antonio Vianna, PhD; Hugo Rodolfo Lovisolo, PhD

The main purpose of this paper is to analyze, on the basis of the studies and research work done, the dynamics of sports programs for children and young living in the favelas and low-income environments. We will be brief as regards the guiding principles and the purposes of social inclusion programs (PIS being the acronym in Portuguese) based on sport practice, as they are already widely known. Our main interest lies in the forms of participation, ownership and re-meaning that children and youngsters perform on the basis of the so-called local rationality. Consequently, we will privilege, most of all, the degree of symbolic interaction, taking into consideration the significant amount of “misunderstandings” involving certain programs, in view of the professionalization meaning hoped for sports in view of the local rationality of children and young. That is to say, sport practice is seen as a way of enhancement and of strategic relationships for the building of the “self” as a sports professional.

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