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TitlePower-play : critical considerations of the "meaningful universe" of professional hockey
AuthorRobidoux, Michael A., 1969-
DescriptionThesis (Ph. D.), Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1999. Folklore
Date1999
Pagination380 leaves
SubjectHockey--Canada--Sociological aspects; Hockey players--Canada; Sports--Anthropological aspects--Canada
DegreePh. D.
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Folklore
DisciplineFolklore
LanguageEng
Spatial CoverageCanada
NotesBibliography: p.358-374
AbstractProfessional hockey is an industry teeming with paradox: it is a game that is worked; it involves men behaving as boys; and it is where professional development inhibits personal growth. This seven month ethnographic investigation of a professional hockey team enabled me to observe players in their working environment and the manner in which they express themselves in the labour process. The study illustrates that individual success depends on players devoting themselves entirely to the "game" and to their "team, " and thus, players voluntarily accede to a system whereby their own labour power is exploited for capitalist gain. It is evident that players are cognizant of their unfavourable predicament within the labour process-which is generally dismissed as being "part of the job"-but they respond accordingly by constructing their own system of meanings within the workplace, allowing them the sensations of power and dominance. -- It is this system of meanings, or this "constructed universe" that is significant, as it serves to create and perpetuate both occupational and personal identities. By constructing this sphere outside of the corporate hegemony, the players have established an exclusive domain where existing behavioural patterns dictate "norms" within the "world of hockey." These norms draw from a physically superior, white, heterosexual male model which discriminates against all other experience: whether it be in terms of ethnicity, gender, class, occupation, or any other classification. As a result, the process of empowerment is essentially a reductive force in the players' lives, undermining any substantial challenge to their compromised position within this occupational community.
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Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera1357663
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
Scanning StatusCompleted
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