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Identity tensions in dual career : the discursive construction of future selves by female Finnish judo athletes (2020)

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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All authors or editors: Kavoura, Anna; 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: 645-659

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2019.1669325

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66856

Additional information: Special issue: Transitions in Sport Life


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.

Keywords: sport psychology; exercise culture; post-structuralism; feminist theory; martial arts

Free keywords: cultural praxis; cultural sport psychology; feminist poststructuralist theory; gender; martial arts and combat sports

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Reporting Year: 2020

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