Lords of the square ring: Future capital and career transition issues for elite indigenous Australian boxers

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dc.contributor.author Stronach, MM
dc.contributor.author Adair, D
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T11:04:25Z
dc.date.issued 2010-01
dc.identifier.citation Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Jo..., 2010, 2 (2), pp. 46 - 70
dc.identifier.issn 1837-5391
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/15938
dc.description.abstract In Australia a serious and widely documented statistical gap exists between the socio-economic circumstances of the countrys Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Areas of divergence include life expectancy, health, housing, income, and educational opportunity and employment. This has made career attainment problematic for most Aboriginal people. Among male Indigenous people, professional sport is portrayed as one of the few realms in which they can prosper. This is particularly true in the major football codes Australian Rules and rugby league and a feature of elite-level boxing, where Indigenous fighters are also statistically over-represented. However, while sport has provided opportunities for a small number of talented Indigenous athletes, it has rarely been a pathway to lifelong prosperity. This paper contends that as a result of over-reliance on an abundant bank of physical capital, Indigenous Australian boxers are particularly vulnerable to potential occupational obsolescence should their bodily assets erode more quickly than envisaged. Drawing on an Indigenous concept, Dadirri, to inform a wider interpretive phenomenological approach, the paper examines retirement experiences of fourteen elite male Indigenous Australian boxers; the goal of this research is to understand their post-sport career decision making. In this respect, Pierre Bourdieus concepts of habitus, capital and field are utilised to frame and interpret the capacity of Indigenous boxers to develop sustainable career pathways which we describe as future capital during their time as elite athletes.
dc.publisher UTS ePress
dc.title Lords of the square ring: Future capital and career transition issues for elite indigenous Australian boxers
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Jo...
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Sydney, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 46 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 70 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.Faculty of Business en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1608 Sociology
dc.personcode 100718
dc.personcode 117969
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Sociology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
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dc.description.keywords NA en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Cosmopolitan Civil Societies
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history School of Management (ID: 329)
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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