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Doctoral contract: political sociology of sports federations M/F

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Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : jeudi 26 mai 2022

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General information

Reference : UMR8026-ANNDOU0-001
Workplace : LILLE
Date of publication : Thursday, May 5, 2022
Scientific Responsible name : Stéphane Beaud
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Governed by the Sports Code, the sports federations (115 in France), are, for the majority of them, delegated with a public service mission (Articles L131-14 and L131-15 of the Sports Code). Their role is to organise sports competitions and award titles at different levels, but also to lead the national sports policy of the discipline they represent. These federations have a decisive power in the implementation of the French sport policy but remain little studied by sociology and political science. One of the challenges of their study is to see how the production of the sporting elite in France is organised, perhaps sometimes to the detriment of the democratisation of sport and its access to all. In some cases, such as tennis, for example, associations find themselves in competition with, or even penetrated by, the private commercial sector, which reinforces the tension between the elitism and democratisation of sport. It can be hypothesised that increased competition from the private market sector may lead to a greater interest in the sport elite, for fear that they will turn to private structures. This hypothesis raises another question: how does the federation organise the production of an elite within its sport without having the certainty of having complete control over the training of this elite, right up to their international success? This question invites us to reflect on the federal model favoured by these structures and to question the place left to local actors in the objective of detecting and developing the loyalty of young promising players; it also places the proposed theme in the line of research on the links between the State and associations on the one hand, and on the interpenetration between the private and the public on the other. A third question underlying the proposed theme is that of the power relations between the voluntary leaders of the organisations and the permanent employees, in particular because of their possibly differentiated relations to competition and to the idea of a democratisation of sports practice.
Ethnographic approaches are encouraged, combining observations and interviews in a particular federation. Prior knowledge of the functioning of a sports federation (via, for example, the writing of an M2 research thesis in social sciences) is highly recommended. A long term survey will allow for example to follow several elections, from the national level to the departmental committees, the elections being an interesting entry point to analyse the different visions that clash as well as the possible administrative restructurings. The use of quantitative methods can also be envisaged, notably via questionnaires, if this proves relevant.

Work Context

The CERAPS (Centre d'études et de recherches administratives, politiques et sociales) is a research laboratory that combines political science, public law and sociology. It brings together 50 teacher-researchers, 7 CNRS researchers, 11 administration staff and about fifty doctoral students. Involved in several research networks at the international level, the Ceraps is part of an International Associated Laboratory (Principe) with the CPDS of the University of Montreal and leads the OLA network (Observatory on Local Autonomy). The CERAPS is concerned with conducting quality research open to society and, as a working group, seeks to develop relationships based on exchange, critical intelligence, cooperation and conviviality.
The work carried out in the laboratory is structured around four research areas: (1) Managing the living. Public policies and mobilisations; (2) Representing social interests; (3) Territories: conflictuality, inequalities and differentiation of public action; (4) Innovative technologies, instruments of reconfiguration of public/private relations, this last being a transversal axis.

Additional Information

Applications should be submitted on the CNRS job portal. Those selected for an interview will be informed on 31 May and called for an interview on 7 June.

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