Prospective and retrospective views of a professional cricketer into the transitions and identities experienced through a sporting career: An autoethnographic study
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Several scholars have utilized self-narrative approaches to explore their own relationships with sport (Tsang, 2000, Sparkes, 1996, Gilbourne, 2002). This study attempts to explore prospectively and retrospectively issues of identity and transitions through the career of a professional cricketer. These enquiries are conducted through the use of an embodied autoethnographic methodology where the author takes the roles of both the sole participant and observer. The research is represented through three narratives which provide a lens into the contextual tensions, multiple identity developments and embedded power relations within the culture of cricket. While also highlighting the effect of the insecurities and long3term unsustainability of the profession on it’s participants as they transition through their careers. The findings suggest that these tensions surrounding career termination and its implications are linked to the strength of the development, over time, of an overarching athletic identity borne out of a culture of embodied hegemonic masculinity where physical capital is manipulated and utilized as a controlling mechanism.
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