Goffman, Identity and Organisational Control: Elite Sports Academies and Social Theory

Parker, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0001-6842-3067 and Manley, A (2017) Goffman, Identity and Organisational Control: Elite Sports Academies and Social Theory. Sociology of Sport Journal, 34 (3). pp. 211-222. doi:10.1123/ssj.2016-0150

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Traineeship within English professional football (soccer) has attracted much attention in recent years yet few studies have explored in any real depth the everyday workings of trainee footballing lives. This paper features the findings of two small-scale qualitative studies of football traineeship both of which were carried out at high profile English professional football clubs, one in 1993-94, the other in 2010-11. The paper uncovers the nuances of trainee experience in line with a series of theoretical assertions surrounding organisational discipline and control. It concludes by suggesting that whilst debate surrounding the design and delivery of traineeship within professional football has intensified over the past two decades, little appears to have changed with respect to the fundamental dynamics of organisational regimen.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative research, social theory, English professional football, youth development, Erving Goffman
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2017 15:29
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:08
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4545

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