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"I Just go on Wi-Fi": Imagining Worlds Through Professional Basketball Migrants’ Deployment of Information and Communication Technology

Faulkner, Christopher ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7394-3865, Molnar, Gyozo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1732-5672 and Kohe, G. (2019) "I Just go on Wi-Fi": Imagining Worlds Through Professional Basketball Migrants’ Deployment of Information and Communication Technology. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 43 (3). pp. 195-218. ISSN Print 0193-7235 Online 1522-7638

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Abstract

The connection between athletes and technology has developed in recent years, with the focus on how lives are augmented and presented through this relationship. Building on previous reflections concerning the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to support the sometimes fractious experiences of sport migration, we suggest a need to develop our understandings of migrant athletes’ use of ICT by interrogating the socially embedded processes driving its usage. In so doing, we draw on 18 semi-structured interviews with professional basketball migrants based (at the time) in the United Kingdom but whose seasonal work moves them frequently across the globe. We explore these participants’ experiences through the lens of Appadurai’s (1990, 1995, 1996) model of scapes and disjuncture. With this framework we explore themes of negotiation, need, expectation and barriers. Consequently, we propose expanding how we understand migrant athletes’ relationships with technology.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: technology, migration, Appadurai, ethnoscapes, technoscapes
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Divisions (2019 onwards) > College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Gyozo Molnar
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2019 11:41
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2019 09:57
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/7740

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