Entry and exit as embodied career choice in professional sport

The concept of an embodied career draws attention to the individual, corporally, socially, culturally and institutionally located in relationship with work. Career theories have tended to focus on psychological and social variables and measurements that narrow understanding of contexts and agency. I...

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Main Author: Christine Coupland
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spelling rr-article-95004832015-08-19T00:00:00Z Entry and exit as embodied career choice in professional sport Christine Coupland (1249806) Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified Bourdieu, Pierre Career Career choice Embodiment Habitus Rugby league Professional sport Business and Management not elsewhere classified The concept of an embodied career draws attention to the individual, corporally, socially, culturally and institutionally located in relationship with work. Career theories have tended to focus on psychological and social variables and measurements that narrow understanding of contexts and agency. It is thus timely to consider a more holistic approach to understanding contemporary careers as embodied processes. The paper works on three levels; first as an empirical illustration of professional sports careers as short-term careers, second as an application of Bourdieu's habitus to understand the relationship between social fields and accounts of career choice and, third in order to draw parallels with the embodied nature of work in a more general sense. Utilising empirical material from a study of elite UK professional rugby players, it is argued that understanding an embodied-career resonates with present concerns regarding career patterns of short-term contracts, which require the individual to be committed, flexible and adaptable, be prepared for exit, and yet remain immersed and dedicated to the current sphere of employment. It is proposed that this kind of immersion requires alternatives to be, temporarily at least, silenced and in this context renders the accrual of bodily capital as fit, but only temporarily fit for purpose. 2015-08-19T00:00:00Z Text Journal contribution 2134/18972 https://figshare.com/articles/journal_contribution/Entry_and_exit_as_embodied_career_choice_in_professional_sport/9500483 CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
institution Loughborough University
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topic Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
Bourdieu, Pierre
Career
Career choice
Embodiment
Habitus
Rugby league
Professional sport
Business and Management not elsewhere classified
spellingShingle Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
Bourdieu, Pierre
Career
Career choice
Embodiment
Habitus
Rugby league
Professional sport
Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Christine Coupland
Entry and exit as embodied career choice in professional sport
description The concept of an embodied career draws attention to the individual, corporally, socially, culturally and institutionally located in relationship with work. Career theories have tended to focus on psychological and social variables and measurements that narrow understanding of contexts and agency. It is thus timely to consider a more holistic approach to understanding contemporary careers as embodied processes. The paper works on three levels; first as an empirical illustration of professional sports careers as short-term careers, second as an application of Bourdieu's habitus to understand the relationship between social fields and accounts of career choice and, third in order to draw parallels with the embodied nature of work in a more general sense. Utilising empirical material from a study of elite UK professional rugby players, it is argued that understanding an embodied-career resonates with present concerns regarding career patterns of short-term contracts, which require the individual to be committed, flexible and adaptable, be prepared for exit, and yet remain immersed and dedicated to the current sphere of employment. It is proposed that this kind of immersion requires alternatives to be, temporarily at least, silenced and in this context renders the accrual of bodily capital as fit, but only temporarily fit for purpose.
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title Entry and exit as embodied career choice in professional sport
title_short Entry and exit as embodied career choice in professional sport
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title_fullStr Entry and exit as embodied career choice in professional sport
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