Thousands of young men in Senegal train every day in the hope of becoming professional professional football players or wrestlers. While football presents itself as a modern and international pursuit, wrestling is resolutely oriented towards supposedly traditional practices, steeped in ethnic lore and magico-religious practice, but the trajectories of the young men aspiring to make it in the two sports are remarkably similar. Mark Hann traces the emerging forms of neoliberal subjectivity developed by young athletes as they navigate the complex pathways of sporting aspiration.
M.P.G. Hann: Sporting Aspirations: Wrestling, Football, and Neoliberal Subjectivity in Urban Senegal.
Prof. N. Besnier
Dr S. Narotzky
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