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Cricket as a vehicle for community cohesion: Building bridges with British Muslims

Cricket as a vehicle for community cohesion: Building bridges with British Muslims

Yassim, Mazia (2013) Cricket as a vehicle for community cohesion: Building bridges with British Muslims. Journal of Islamic Marketing, 4 (2). pp. 218-227. ISSN 1759-0833 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/17590831311329322)

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Abstract

Purpose:
The purpose of this paper is to review practices and research within the social change and community cohesion disciplines, with a view to applying them in the context of British Muslims and cricket. The paper aims to discuss the role of sport, and especially cricket, to help build community cohesion and bring about social change between British Muslims and the wider British society.

Design/Methodology/Approach:
This paper uses an inductive and critical approach.

Findings:
This paper suggests that, the apolitical nature of sport and the popularity of cricket within the South-east Asian British Muslim community can be used as an effective tool to build relationships between British Muslims and the wider British Society. It calls for reflexive thought and action on the part of cricket management to engage in community projects that will enhance the image of cricket as well as genuinely benefitting the society.

Originality/Value:
Growth of British Muslims has created a great amount of interest from a marketing perspective. Research into Islamic Marketing and British Muslim consumers are still in its infancy. This paper introduces an under researched area of British Muslims (to date), namely British Muslim sport spectators, and calls for cricket managers and marketers to take an active approach to embarking upon social change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social change, cricket
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 15:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19771

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