Identity tensions in dual career : the discursive construction of future selves by female Finnish judo athletes
Kavoura, A., & Ryba, T. V. (2020). Identity tensions in dual career : the discursive construction of future selves by female Finnish judo athletes. Sport in Society, 23(4), 645-659. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2019.1669325
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To date, few studies have explored how changes in the practices, policies, and politics of sport and education may be implicated in how young athletes think about and plan for the future. Drawing on cultural praxis and feminist poststructuralist frameworks, this paper explores whether and how dual career (DC) policies and practices in Finland guide female judo athletes’ imaginings about their future. Discourse analysis was used to analyse interviews with three adolescent (aged 16) and three young adult (aged 20, 23, and 27) elite female judo athletes. Differences were found in the ways the athletes in the different age groups constructed their future athletic, civic and gendered selves. We argue that some female judo athletes may experience identity tensions and lower their athletic aspirations in seeking to meet the new societal expectations embedded in the DC discourse. We conclude with recommendations for future policy and practice.
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Related funder(s)Ministry of Education and Culture
Additional information about fundingThis study was in part supported by a grant from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture (grant number OKM/13/626/2015).
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