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'The downfall of a man is not the end of his life': Navigating involuntary immobility in Ghanaian football

Van der Meij, Nienke, Darby, Paul and Liston, Katie/K (2017) 'The downfall of a man is not the end of his life': Navigating involuntary immobility in Ghanaian football. Sociology of Sport Journal, 34 (2). pp. 183-194. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1123/ssj.2016-0101

Abstract

The burgeoning number of football academies in Africa are widely understood by young aspiring players and their family members as a conduit for transnational migration and a professional career in the game. However, for the vast majority of academy recruits the stark reality is involuntary immobility. While there is a growing literature on African football migration, the experiences of young players from the continent who are unable to translate their academy training into a professional career overseas has been neglected. This article addresses this lacuna by focusing on how this process is experienced and navigated by a cohort of former Ghanaian academy players. These experiences are positioned within the context of the intergenerational contract, a pervasive social norm in West Africa that places considerable expectations on young adults to reciprocate materially to their household. The analyses here are based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana totalling 12 months, conducted between January 2008 and July 2015.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Ghana, football, social navigation, intergenerational contract, involuntary immobility
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:36380
Deposited By: Dr Paul Darby
Deposited On:28 Nov 2016 11:47
Last Modified:26 Jul 2018 15:03

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