African Football Migration: Aspirations, Experiences and Trajectories - Globalizing Sport Studies (Paperback)
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African Football Migration: Aspirations, Experiences and Trajectories - Globalizing Sport Studies (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages
Published: 25/07/2023
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The global success of football icons like Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Mohamed Salah has fuelled the migratory projects of countless young men across the African continent who dream of following in their footsteps. Drawing on over a decade of ethnographic research, the book chronicles the experiences and trajectories of those pursuing this highly prized form of transnational migration. This book uncovers and traces the myriad actors, networks and institutions that affect the ability of young people across the continent to realise social mobility through football’s global production network.

The book sheds critical light on the barriers to social mobility erected by neoliberal capitalism, and how these are negotiated. It also generates original interdisciplinary perspectives on the complex interplay between structural forces and human agency, as young players navigate an industry rife with commercial speculation.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526171993
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm


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Shortlisted for the British Society of Sports History’s Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2023 Honourable Mention - North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Outstanding Book Award 2023'This discussion of a key element of the global labour market in contemporary sport manages to both straddle complex disciplinary boundaries - sociology, geography, and anthropology - to present a well historicised, sharply insightful analysis of football migration, mainly from West Africa, in the last two decades.' - Judges statement'Well-researched and meticulously written [...] Provides some much-needed oxygen to the study of African migration.'Jesper Bjarnesen, International Migration Review - .

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