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

Faulkner, Christopher, Molnar, Gyozo, Kohe, Geoff (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, . 019372351983639. ISSN 0193-7235. (doi:10.1177/0193723519836396)

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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 socially-embedded processes driving its usage. In so doing, we draw on 18 semistructured 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 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.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0193723519836396
Uncontrolled keywords: technology, migration, Appadurai, ethnoscapes, technoscapes
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Geoffery Kohe
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 08:10 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 09:43 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73600 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kohe, Geoff: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6683-6669
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