Post-colonial Feminist International Relations Theory and Sport for Development and Peace

  • Lyndsay M. C. Hayhurst
  • Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom
  • Devra Waldman


In this chapter, we suggest that bridging post-colonial feminist perspectives and international relations (IR) standpoints can make important contributions to thinking about operations of power and knowledge in sport for development and peace (SDP) scholarship. Contending that post-colonial feminist IR standpoints provide avenues to consider issues of global capitalism, class, and politics of knowledge and representation, we apply these themes to an analysis of an SDP initiative run by Standard Chartered Bank that focuses on transforming the lives of young women in underserved communities. We conclude by highlighting the value of a post-colonial feminist IR approach in exposing some of the racialized, classed and gendered silences/invisibilities in SDP, and suggesting that future research explore instances of grassroots resistance, agency and localized counter-narratives to “global” SDP interventions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lyndsay M. C. Hayhurst
    • 1
  • Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom
    • 2
  • Devra Waldman
    • 2
  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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