Didaked : celebrity, privacy and player behaviour in the AFL
Kelly, Peter and Hickey, Christopher 2007, Didaked : celebrity, privacy and player behaviour in the AFL, in TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference 2007 : Public Sociologies : Lessons and Trans-Tasman comparisons, Dept. of Sociology, University of Auckland, [Auckland, N.Z.], pp. 1-6.
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TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference 2007 : Public Sociologies : Lessons and Trans-Tasman comparisons
Curtis, B. Matthewman, S. McIntosh, T.
Australian Sociological Association Conference
Dept. of Sociology, University of Auckland
Place of publication
At the start of the 21st century elite male team sports assume a high profile presence in the commodified spaces of a globalised hyperreality. When games are sports entertainment businesses many elite performers are celebrities: they exist as brands whose every thought and action is commodified and consumed. In these spaces the misbehaviours of a relatively small number of Australian Rules Football (AFL) players continue to make the news. A high profile recent incident involving Collingwood footballer Alan Didak is the subject of this paper. Given the levels of media attention devoted to such events we ask: Do AFL footballers have a right to privacy? We also question whether AFL players really understand what it means to be a sports celebrity. The elevation of the sport star to the status of celebrity means that the idea that an elite performer has a private life and a public life that are separate is one that is problematic. Drawing on Foucault’s later work on the care of the self, our analysis will focus on a variety of processes which seek to develop and manage a professional identity for elite performers – and the risks that attach to these identities.
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Field of Research
160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
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