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Skating on thin ice : Young Finnish male hockey players’ hopes in the neoliberal age (2021)

Pietikäinen, S., & Ojala, A.-L. (2021). Skating on thin ice : Young Finnish male hockey players’ hopes in the neoliberal age. In N. Besnier, D. G. Calabrò, & D. Guinness (Eds.), Sport, Migration, and Gender in the Neoliberal Age (pp. 231-245). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429423277-16

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Pietikäinen, Sari; Ojala, Anna-Liisa

Parent publication: Sport, Migration, and Gender in the Neoliberal Age

Parent publication editors: Besnier, Niko; Calabrò, Domenica Gisella; Guinness, Daniel

ISBN: 978-1-138-39064-5

eISBN: 978-0-429-42327-7

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 09/09/2020

Pages range: 231-245

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: Abingdon

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429423277-16

Publication open access: Not open

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Today, competitive sport is one of many fields in which the logic of neoliberalism is at work, the product of the deregulation of markets and the economization of social life. Neoliberalism has brought about a number of related transformations, including the privatization and economization of many social domains such as work, education, health care, the family, and the care of the body. Semi-professional or first-division teams (Mestis), marked with skates in the figure, are located in smaller towns but in the same regions as Liiga teams. Since the 1960s, ice hockey has been transformed from a local sport practiced in a limited number of countries into a global industry with over one million registered players in 72 countries. Most ice arenas are multipurpose spaces, built and owned by the local municipality, and sports teams can rent them at relatively low cost. However, running a professional hockey club requires considerable resources.

Keywords: young people; athletes; professional sports career; professional sports; ice hockey; future expectations; market economy; neoliberalism; ethnography; discourse research

Contributing organizations

Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 3

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