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Getting in the game and getting on the move: Family, the intergenerational contract and internal migration into football academies in Ghana

van der Meij, Nienke and Darby, Paul (2017) Getting in the game and getting on the move: Family, the intergenerational contract and internal migration into football academies in Ghana. Sport in Society, 20 (11). pp. 1580-1595. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2017.1284807

DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2017.1284807

Abstract

This article examines how young Ghanaian football players and their families actively engage with the processes and decision-making that lead them to migrate internally to academies. In particular, it explores whether moving to an academy is understood within the family setting as a precursor to international migration and as such, might feature as part of a broader household livelihood strategy. Drawing on empirical data collected during nine months of ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana, the article sheds light on the experiences of players who encounter the recruitment processes employed by academies and how these are shaped and informed by Ghanaian family arrangements and in particular the social norm of intergenerational reciprocity. By uncovering these wider dynamics, this study challenges the popular assumption that African youth and their family members unambiguously view academies as vehicles for international migration and future prosperity.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:football migration; Ghana; academies; family; intergenerational contract
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:36875
Deposited By: Mrs Julie Haydock
Deposited On:13 Feb 2017 11:47
Last Modified:09 Jul 2019 12:20

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