Running as a resource of hope? Voices from Eldoret

Grant Jarvie, Michelle Sikes

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There is a continuing debate about East African running success. Few studies have considered wealth as a key motivation behind wanting to run. This article focuses upon the motivations of Kenyan women who choose to participate in professional running and the impact on them, their families and wider communities. Much of the fieldwork for this study took place in and around the town of Eldoret. It encourages researchers interested in sport in Africa to develop a political economy approach to running and to critically evaluate the claims made for sport as a resource of hope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-644
Number of pages16
JournalReview of African Political Economy
Issue number134
StatePublished - Dec 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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