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Esports as a mechanism for social change

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posted on 2022-03-23, 14:10 authored by Emily HaydayEmily Hayday, Holly CollisonHolly Collison, Sarah Kelly
Social change in the context of esports has nuanced dimensions compared to traditional sporting activities and outcomes. Esports provides opportunities for cross-cultural communication and opportunities for social change interventions that span global contexts and populations. The broad concept of social change is multi-faceted and goes beyond the assumption that social interaction results in social change outcomes. In simple terms, sport (esports and mainstream) can bring people together but how can this lead to behaviour change, heightened awareness of civic responsibility, education and skill development, and community building? In this regard, this chapter highlights that social interaction is simply the initial step in creating and strengthening social change impacts and that esports can add to traditional social change offerings via innovative and virtually driven theories of change.

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  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Esports Insights

Pages

38 - 57

Publisher

Routledge

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Esports Insights on 28 February 2022, available online: http://www.routledge.com/9781032044279.

Publication date

2022-02-28

Copyright date

2022

ISBN

9781032044279; 9781032100890; 9781003213598

Book series

Sport Business Insights

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Emily Hayday. Deposit date: 23 March 2022

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