Theoretical and conceptual frameworks
Chapter 2 articulates the critical theoretical and conceptual frameworks we use to examine the formation of the Sport-Education-Corporate nexus and cases therein. As scholars forewarned regarding other sectors, there are currently colonising powers within Sport-Education-Corporate spaces that have set agendas, occupied ideological and physical terrain, and legitimised a presence and authority (e.g. the ability to construct and speak a universal ‘truth’ about sport in local, regional and global spaces). The connections and synergies here are evidence of a growing symbiosis between global sport, education and governmental and non-governmental entities to not only carve out significant sector spaces but exert political and ideological authority and power over the ownership and practice of collaborative and intersectional work. Accordingly, this chapter considers how an understanding of stakeholder relations and corporate social responsibility, and a holistic notion of space, feeds into the construction of the Sport-Education-Corporate nexus as an ideological and practical commons. In articulating our theoretical underpinnings, we provide a platform upon which an intersectional critique of the complexities of partnership connections, agendas and outcomes within particular sport education spaces might be advanced.