Darby, Paul and Solberg, Eirik (2010) Differing Trajectories: Football Development and Patterns of Player Migration in South Africa and Ghana. In: South Africa and the Global Game: Football, Apartheid, and Beyond. Routledge, pp. 118-130. ISBN 97080415469319 [Book section]
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This article employs a comparative approach to the dynamics underpinning the transnational migration of African football players. More specifically, it assesses the extent to which divergent levels of professionalism and football development across the game in South Africa and Ghana shape and contour patterns of player mobility. This analysis, rooted in ethnographic research in both locales, reveals that significant economic divergences between the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in South Africa and the Ghanaian Premier League produce dramatically different patterns of inward and outward football migration. These patterns reveal that while Ghana’s most talented players typically seek careers outside of the country, the PSL is not only able to retain highly skilled South African football labour but also represents an attractive destination for footballers from elsewhere in the continent.
|Item Type:||Book section|
|Faculties and Schools:||Faculty of Life and Health Sciences|
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
|Research Institutes and Groups:||Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute|
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
|Deposited By:||Dr Paul Darby|
|Deposited On:||29 Jul 2010 10:28|
|Last Modified:||12 Feb 2014 12:03|
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