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ERIC Number: EJ827942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
Sporting Bodies, Ageing, Narrative Mapping and Young Team Athletes: An Analysis of Possible Selves
Phoenix, Cassandra; Sparkes, Andrew C.
Sport, Education and Society, v12 n1 p1-17 Feb 2007
Drawing on life history data generated from interviews with young athletes at an English university, this paper explores the narrative maps provided to them by older team members and the ways in which these influence perceptions of self-ageing. Three possible selves associated with mid-life emerged from the analysis for detailed focus. These are the preferred self ("Almost past it"), the feared self ("Hanging on") and the reluctant self ("Stepping aside"). The implications of each of these selves for the ageing experience are considered. Finally, some suggestions are made as to how the narrative resources of young athletes might be expanded. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)