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BOOK LAUNCH Migration, equality & racism - 44 opinions

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Migration, Equality and Racism trigger ever more salient societal debates. More than 80 VUB academics joined forces. Together they aim to contribute to an exercise of humanism as a praxis of criticism or a ‘technique of trouble-making’, in the words of Edward Said. Through 44 thought-provoking and informed opinion pieces, they question common sense ideas on migration, equality and racism and propose solutions that might disturb. 

In his contribution, prof. dr. Marc Theeboom questions the all too easy assumption that sports can help to include marginalized youngsters on the pretext that it would ‘automatically’ lead to the acquisition of well-valued competences like a sense of responsibility, communication skills, problem-solving skills etc. However, argues Theeboom, acquiring these competences does not come automatically. It needs to be explicitly organized, and sports coaches need to be trained to teach not just sports skills but also personal and social development skills.

Let this book be a source of inspiration for those who want to spark an informed debate on the ever more salient issues of migration, equality and racism, for those who want to learn more on how and why humanism has often remained an empty box for migrants and racialized groups. Or for those who search inspiration for a just future for all.

Migration, Equality and Racism is the work of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) think tank POINcaré and was created under the direction of Ilke Adam, Tundé Adefioye, Serena D’Agostino, Florian Trauner and Nick Schuermans.

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