The Global Sports Arena: Athletic Talent Migration in an Interdependent World

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John Bale, Joseph A. Maguire
F. Cass, 1994 - Sports & Recreation - 289 pages
Athletes are on the move. In some sports this involves sport labour movement from one country to another within or between continents. In other sports athletes assume an almost nomadic migratory lifestyle, constantly on the move from one sport festival to another. In addition, sport migration is gaining momentum and is closely interwoven with the broader process of global sport development taking place in the late twentieth century.
Why do athletes decide to leave their native land? How do they cope with the experience of being in a foreign environment and how do people of their own culture and those of their host culture regard their departure and arrival? What do these movements of athletes reveal about the political economy of sport and about sport and nationhood?
These and other questions and issues are addressed in this important collection of original essays by a distinguished international and interdisciplinary group of scholars - the first collection of its kind to examine the subject of sports talent migration.

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