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Fédérations sportives et identités : une analyse sociologique par le prisme de la FSGT

Abstract : In 2014, the Fédération sportive et gymnique du travail (FSGT, aka Labour Sports and Gymnastic Federation) celebrated its 80th birthday. The anniversary year was the occasion for leadership to reflect upon the organisation’s “values” and “identity”, building on its rich history. To explore these questions, FSGT entered into a CIFRE (research training industrial convention) partnership with the author.A complex reality hides behind these generic terms: there is a perception among federations that relationships between federations and their committees, clubs, volunteers, and members are wearing off. Sports federations are questioning the legitimacy of the federative project and their ability to influence local sports and associative practices in the French sports system, where sports associations and engagement models are constantly evolving, and competition is rising.This three-year immersive work experience within FSGT exposed the author to the daily life of the federation’s actors, to observe them, and interact with them, to try and understand the evolution of this type of organisation.The author used what he defines as a “mirror effect” to further explore this immersive outlook onto sports federations, putting FSGT in perspective with two peer-based (Fédération sportive et Culturelle de France and Union française des oeuvres laïques d’éducation physique) and two delegate-based federations (Fédération française de la montagne et de l’escalade and Fédération française de football).In this thesis, the author explores the relationship of sports federations with the different kinds of actors they comprise, at local and national level. The author also analyses innovation processes in place in these organisations, their evolution, their rapport to association democracy, their political project, as well as sports activities developed within affiliated clubs (with a special focus on rock climbing and football activities).
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Guillaume Conraud. Fédérations sportives et identités : une analyse sociologique par le prisme de la FSGT. Sociologie. Université Paris-Saclay, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020UPASS012⟩. ⟨tel-02887606v2⟩



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