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Professional identity in the global sports entertainment industry : regulating the body, mind and soul of Australian Football League footballers

Kelly, Peter and Hickey, Christopher 2010, Professional identity in the global sports entertainment industry : regulating the body, mind and soul of Australian Football League footballers, Journal of sociology, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 27-44, doi: 10.1177/1440783309337671.

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Title Professional identity in the global sports entertainment industry : regulating the body, mind and soul of Australian Football League footballers
Author(s) Kelly, Peter
Hickey, Christopher
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 46
Issue number 1
Start page 27
End page 44
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-03-01
ISSN 1440-7833
1741-2978
Summary In this article we discuss the ways in which the professional identity of Australian Football League (AFL) footballers — in a physical, high body contact sport — is shaped by concerns to develop different aspects of the body, mind and soul of the young men who want to become AFL footballers. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s later work on the care of the self we argue that narratives of identity necessarily involve a struggle for the body, mind and soul of these young men. Foucault’s work enables us to identify and analyse how relations of power, forms of regulation and arts of governing interact in ongoing attempts to develop the professional footballer. The article explores these issues via an analysis of the rationalities and techniques that inform talent identification and player management practices; and risk management in relation to these practices and processes in the AFL.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783309337671
Field of Research 160805 Social Change
1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30028993

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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