A1 Journal article (refereed)
Composite vignettes of Swedish male and female professional handball players’ career paths (2020)

Ekengren, J., Stambulova, N. B., Johnson, U., Carlsson, I.-M., & Ryba, T. V. (2020). Composite vignettes of Swedish male and female professional handball players’ career paths. Sport in Society, 23 (4), 595-612. doi:10.1080/17430437.2019.1599201

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Ekengren, Johan; Stambulova, Natalia B.; Johnson, Urban; Carlsson, Ing-Marie; Ryba, Tatiana V.

Journal or series: Sport in Society

ISSN: 1743-0437

eISSN: 1743-0445

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 23

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 595-612

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2019.1599201

Open Access: Open access publication published in a hybrid channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/68294

Additional information: Special issue: Transitions in Sport Life


The aim of this study was to describe gender-specific career paths of Swedish professional handball players. A reanalysis of Ekengren et al. (2018) career interviews with nine male and nine female players led to creating two composite vignettes using the athletes’ own words, accounted for typical features in the male and female players’ career paths. Seven themes were identified in the analysis of the men’s transcripts and eight themes derived from the women’s transcripts. Further, the themes of both vignettes were aligned with career stages described in our previous study (Ekengren et al. 2018). The male players’ vignette is interpreted as a performance narrative congruent with elite handball culture that promotes performance success and profitable professional contracts. The female players’ vignette is more holistic, embracing handball, studies, motherhood, and how they ought to be as Swedish women. Recommendations for future research are provided.

Keywords: career development; athletes; gender; handball; vignettes

Free keywords: creative analytical practice; cultural praxis of athletes’ careers

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1

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