Foucault goes to the footy: professionalism, performance, prudentialism and playstations in the life of AFL footballers
Kelly, Peter and Hickey, Christopher 2004, Foucault goes to the footy: professionalism, performance, prudentialism and playstations in the life of AFL footballers, in TASA 2004 refereed conference : proceedings : revisioning sociology, Australian Sociological Association, St. Lucia, Qld., pp. 1-13.
This paper will report on a research project funded by the Australian Football League (AFL) that is exploring the emergence and evolution of a ‘professional identity’ for AFL footballers – an identity that has many facets including the emerging ideas that a professional leads a balanced life, and has a prudent orientation to the future. The research is informed by Foucault’s later work on the care of the Self to focus on the ways in which player identities are governed by coaches, club officials, player agents and the AFL Commission/Executive; and the manner in which players conduct themselves in ways that can be characterised as professional - or not. The paper explores elements of these processes by analysing the forms of risk management that Clubs use in the processes of List and Player management that they engage in as a consequence of AFL rules. Psychological testing and profiling of players is becoming more important in
identifying, recruiting and managing players. The paper discusses how this testing is used to identify character or personality traits prior to initial recruitment in the draft or trading processes – and suggests that a number of issues related to workplace surveillance and identity emerge as a result.
Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Field of Research
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in Deakin Research Online is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.
Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO.
If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.