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Master of Arts




Misener, Laura


This study investigates the Canada Games and their role in the Canadian sport landscape. More broadly, this project aims to uncover the role of sport events as institutions within the field. I used an exploratory case study methodology of the Canada Games to achieve this purpose. I collected documents (i.e. policies, archival documents, reports) and completed nine semi-structured interviews with sport administrators to use as data for this research. I used neo-institutionalism and practice theory as bases for interpretation. The results from my research indicate that there are challenges in achieving the strategic objectives of the Canada Games within the current Canadian sport system. Issues of power, resource allocation, and equity in how the Canada Games operate within the organisational field became evident throughout data analysis. The data I interpreted demonstrates critical concerns in the politicization of amateur sport and highlights how sport continues to be an exclusive, power-mediated space.