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Searching for Talent: The Construction of Legitimate Selection in Sports
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies. (Social interaktion och diskursiv teori)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8684-3724
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies. (Social interaktion och diskursiv teori)
2015 (English)In: Scandinavian Sports Studies Forum, ISSN 2000-088x, Vol. 6, 85-105 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes talent selection within Swedish Sports. Particular attention is paid to the ways in which this process of legitimacy is produced in the case of children and adolescents. The article involves a discourse analytical approach where organizational policy documents, annuals for operation, educational coach literature constitute the corpus of data. The aim is to document how problems of legitimizing talent selection are handled within the organization through the use of different discursive repertoires. The purpose is to deconstruct explicit statements and underlying suppositions through with the current process of selection is legitimized.

The research material allows us access into how the process for talent selection constitutes a significant part of a discursive apparatus of selection. In order to make the process of selection appear neutral, discursive work is played out in order to make the process appear fair and unbiased. Furthermore, this article shows how the production of the legitimate selection works in two directions, both individually and politically. The process of selection is being rhetorically displayed as legitimate to those within the system, as well as a Swedish egalitarian welfare politic at large.

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Malmö, Sweden: Malmö University , 2015. Vol. 6, 85-105 p.
Keyword [en]
talent selection, apparatus, constructing legitimacy, policy analysis, technicization
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Child and Youth Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-121744OAI: diva2:861117
Available from: 2015-10-15 Created: 2015-10-15 Last updated: 2015-10-15Bibliographically approved

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