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The cultural transition of indigenous Australian athletes’ into professional sport

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dc.contributor.author Light, Richard L.
dc.contributor.author Evans, John R.
dc.contributor.author Lavallee, David
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-24T10:38:25Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-24T10:38:25Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7780
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This article reports on a study that inquired into the journeys of sixteen Indigenous Australian athletes from their first touch of the footy to the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) that identified two distinct stages of their journeys. These were: (1) the development of expertize and of a distinctly Aboriginal style of play from their first touch of a footy to around the age of thirteen and, (2) a process of cultural transitioning toward and into the AFL and NRL. This article takes an interdisciplinary approach to focus on the second stage of transitioning into the world of professional sport and sport as business. Identifying this as a process of cultural transitioning from local Aboriginal culture to the culture of professional sport provided insight into this transitioning process while illuminating the profound importance of culture in this process. It also helped identify the ways in which tensions between local approaches to ‘footy’ as play and cultural expression and professional sport as work, within the global culture of sport-as-business, were manifested in the challenges that the participants had to overcome. This article thus contributes to knowledge about Indigenous development of sporting expertize, of the specific challenges they face in transitioning into the global culture of commodified sport and how they succeed from a cultural perspective. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis Ltd., en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sport, Education and Society;24 (4), pp. 415-426
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2017.1391085
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Sport, Education and Society 2019 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2017.1391085 en_US
dc.subject indigenous sport en_US
dc.subject Australian sport en_US
dc.subject cultural transitioning en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.subject global en_US
dc.subject local en_US
dc.subject commodification en_US
dc.subject economic rationalism en_US
dc.title The cultural transition of indigenous Australian athletes’ into professional sport en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/13573322.2017.1391085
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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