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Composite vignettes of Swedish male and female professional handball players’ career paths
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health and Sport.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9703-719X
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health and Sport.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6198-0784
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health and Sport.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0990-4842
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8354-3382
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2019 (English)In: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, Vol. 22, no 6Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to describe gender-specific career paths of Swedish professional handball players. A reanalysis of Ekengren et al. (2018) career interviews with nine male and nine female players led to creating two composite vignettes using the athletes’ own words, accounted for typical features in the male and female players’ career paths. Seven themes were identified in the analysis of the men’s transcripts and eight themes derived from the women’s transcripts. Further, the themes of both vignettes were aligned with career stages described in our previous study (Ekengren et al. 2018). The male players’ vignette is interpreted as a performance narrative congruent with elite handball culture that promotes performance success and profitable professional contracts. The female players’ vignette is more holistic, embracing handball, studies, motherhood, and how they ought to be as Swedish women. Recommendations for future research are provided. © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2019. Vol. 22, no 6
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Career development, creative analytical practice, cultural praxis of athletes’ careers, gender, handball, vignettes
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39272DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1599201OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-39272DiVA, id: diva2:1307124
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Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, F2015-0018
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Funding: The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science, Swedish Handball Federation, and Halmstad University

Available from: 2019-04-25 Created: 2019-04-25 Last updated: 2019-06-07

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