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Coaches as sport workers: professional agency within the employment context of elite European basketball

Purdy, Laura G., Kohe, Geoffery Z., Paulauskas, Rūtenis (2017) Coaches as sport workers: professional agency within the employment context of elite European basketball. Sport, Education & Society, 24 . pp. 195-207. ISSN 1357-3322. (doi:10.1080/13573322.2017.1323201)

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Abstract

Increased activity of multiple stakeholders (e.g. agents and owners) have created new challenges for some coaches working in professional sports clubs. The purpose of this project was to draw attention to the normative or accepted practices inherent in sport work, some of the day-to-day realities of some coaches working in this context, and to understand how coaches' perceptions of other stakeholders come to bear on their individual circumstances, career expectations/objectives and professional agency. Data were generated from semi-structured interviews with seven professional basketball coaches who worked in top-level European clubs. The analysis reveals the coach's relationships between some owners and agents differed with respect to exercising professional agency, and, coach's decisions and actions were tied to their professional ideals as well as understandings of what they need to undertake their work effectively and negotiation and/or adjustment strategies. Occasionally coach's work practices could be viewed as antithetical to employment security, however, the presence of insecurity was at times embraced and used strategically to affect workers' career decisions. Amid contemporary regional geo-political shifts, this work aids examinations of global sport settings, structures and issues that may contour sporting professionals' lives

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13573322.2017.1323201
Uncontrolled keywords: sport, workers, employment, coaches, professional agency, sport work, elite basketball, European context
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Sports sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Geoffery Kohe
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 10:16 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2020 11:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66743 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kohe, Geoffery Z.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6683-6669
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