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Collective Identity and Contested Allegiance: A Case of Migrant Professional Fijian Rugby Players

Kanemasu, Yoko and Molnar, Gyozo (2013) Collective Identity and Contested Allegiance: A Case of Migrant Professional Fijian Rugby Players. Sport in Society, 16 (3). pp. 863-882. ISSN Print:1743-0437 Electronic:1743-0445

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Rugby is widely regarded as Fiji’s ‘national’ sport and Fijian athletes are a prominent global presence in professional rugby today. Despite such prominence of Fijian athletes in professional rugby and the social, economic and symbolic significance of the sport in Fiji, there is a near absence of academic research on Fijian rugby migration. As Fiji has been deeply implicated in the interests and discourses of colonialism, ethnonationalism and masculinity, the aim of this study is to explore professional rugby migration and international competitions as a context for collective identification by focusing on the interview-generated voices of rugby migrants as well as popular media discourses. In doing so, we aim to provide an insight into the multiple dimensions of sport labour migration from the point of view of a developing society that supplies sport labour across the globe. Our analysis will highlight the complex and contested nature of rugby migration as it is experienced and viewed by emigrant players and the Fiji public with a specific focus on the tension between core and periphery dimensions which surfaces at times of international competition such as the Rugby World Cup.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: collective identity, contested allegiance, migrant professional Fijian rugby players
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Gyozo Molnar
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 14:35
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2014 14:35

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