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Stories of Indigenous Success in Australian Sport

Journeys to the AFL and NRL

  • Richard Light
  • John Robert Evans

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 3-15
    3. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 17-30
    4. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 31-48
    5. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 49-61
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 65-72
    3. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 73-80
    4. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 81-89
    5. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 91-98
    6. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 99-105
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 109-118
    3. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 139-148
    4. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 149-152
  5. What These Stories Tell Us

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 155-156
    3. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 157-176
    4. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 177-195
    5. Richard Light, John Robert Evans
      Pages 197-206
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-240

About this book

Introduction

This book presents journeys of sixteen Indigenous Australian athletes from their first touch of a ‘footy’ to the highest levels of Australian football and rugby league, conceptualized as a process of learning. The authors challenge simplistic explanations of Indigenous success in Australian football and rugby league, centered on the notion of the ‘natural athlete’. The book traces the development of Indigenous sporting expertise as a lifelong process of learning situated in local culture and shaped by the challenges of transitioning into professional sport. Individually, the life stories told by the participants provide fascinating insights into experience, culture and learning. Collectively, they provided deep understanding of the powerful influence that Aboriginal culture exerted on the participants’ journeys to the top of their sports while locating individual experience and agency within larger economic, cultural and social considerations.

Stories of Indigenous Success in Australian Sport will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including Indigenous studies, physical education, education, sport management and sociology.

Keywords

Indigenous studies Sports coaching Social disadvantage Grounded theory Footy

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Light
    • 1
  • John Robert Evans
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66450-7
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-66449-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-66450-7
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