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Preparing to not to be a footballer : higher education and professional sport

Hickey, Christopher and Kelly, Peter 2008, Preparing to not to be a footballer : higher education and professional sport, Sport, education and society, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 477-494, doi: 10.1080/13573320802445132.

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Title Preparing to not to be a footballer : higher education and professional sport
Author(s) Hickey, Christopher
Kelly, Peter
Journal name Sport, education and society
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Start page 477
End page 494
Total pages 18
Publisher Carfax
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2008-11
ISSN 1357-3322
1470-1243
Keyword(s) physical education
sociology of education
Summary In the commercialised and professionalised world of elite sport, issues associated with career pathways and post sporting career options have a particular resonance. In various football codes, an unexpected knock, twist, bend or break can profoundly impact a player's career. In this high risk and high consequence environment, a number of sports entertainment industries have instituted player development and education programmes to educate and prepare elite level performers for life after football. Drawing on Foucault's later work on governmentality and the care of the self, this paper will discuss findings from a research project funded by the Australian Football League (AFL). The paper presents data that suggests that, elite performers are so focused on establishing and prolonging a career as an elite performer, that other aspects of identity are seen as something to be complied with as a consequence of industry expectations. An industry emphasis on higher education raises issues for the sports industries that promote player enrolment in higher education and for the higher education institutions that must manage this lack of engagement.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13573320802445132
Field of Research 160805 Social Change
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939907 Special Needs Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018009

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