Paper $33.00 ISBN: 9780745330143 Published September 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745330150 Published September 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

In Foreign Fields: The Politics and Experiences of Transnational Sport Migration

Thomas F. Carter

In Foreign Fields: The Politics and Experiences of Transnational Sport Migration

Thomas F. Carter

Distributed for Pluto Press

248 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $33.00 ISBN: 9780745330143 Published September 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745330150 Published September 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

In Foreign Fields examines the lives, decisions and challenges faced by transnational sport migrants - those professionals working in the sports industry who cross borders as part of their professional lives.

Despite a great deal of romance surrounding international celebrity athletes, the vast majority of transnational sport migrants - players, journalists, coaches, administrators and medical personnel - toil far away from the limelight. Based on twelve years of ethnographic research conducted on three continents, Thomas F. Carter traces their lives, routes and experiences, documenting their travels and travails. He argues that far from the ease of mobility that celebrity sports stars enjoy, the vast majority of transnational sports migrants make huge sacrifices and labour under political restrictions, often enforced by sport's governing bodies.

This unique and clearly written study will make fascinating reading for anthropologists, sociologists and anyone interested in the lives of those who follow their sporting dreams.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: Sowing Transnational Fields
1: Routes and Strategies of Transnational Migration
2: Striding Across Fields of Global Sport
3: Tensions of Sovereignty and Citizenship
4: NEOsport and the Production of Transnational Sport Migrants
5: Family Matters: Negotiating the Risks and Costs of Mobility
6: Illegal Motion: Undocumented Migration and the Production of Illegality
Concluding Remarks: Experiencing the Politics of Transnational Migration
Works Cited
Media Sources
Index

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