Public urban spaces and sport as a source of social networks. The case of Barcelona

Núria Puig

Anna Vilanova-Soler

Gaspar Maza Gutiérrez

Mariano Pasarello

Daniel Juan

Rafael Tarragó

*Corresponding author: Núria Puig npuig@gencat.net

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Puig, N., Vilanova, A., Camino , X., Maza , G., Pasarello , M., Juan , D., & Tarragó, R. (2006). Public urban spaces and sport as a source of social networks. The case of Barcelona. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 84, 76-87.

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Abstract

The article gives the results of a research conducted in Barcelona about public urban spaces and sport as a source of social networks. Five of these spaces have been observed and in-depth interviews have been conducted with users and people in charge of  their management. Main results are: a) The creation of social networks requires that spaces and sport activities have certain features; b) Social networks are socially homogeneous; We found the following types: family networks, friends, immigration, wellness and post moderns; and 3. Relationship between social networks are of tolerance and respect concerning the agreed norms. 

Keywords: Barcelona, Physical Activities, Social Networks, Urban Anthropology, Urban Public Spaces, Urban Sociology.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: April 1, 2006