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From hard work to grit: On the discursive formation of talent
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Forskningsgruppen för pedagogisk idrottsforskning.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8684-3724
2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, ISSN 2000-088X, E-ISSN 2000-088X, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 29-50Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the long historical interest for the selection of young talented children in sports. This seemingly everlasting search for talents and the quest for the especially gifted is followed by the practice of trying to find and select the right individuals. This paper elucidates historical representations of talent and talent selection in a series of professional sports literature in Sweden during the 1930s, 1980s, 1990s and 2010s.

Drawing on a discourse analytic approach, it illustrates the historical understanding of selection and how such practices produce formations of legitimacy. The study shows how certain historical elements reoccur in contemporary selection discourse and how specific actions are transformed into personal characteristics. These selection processes construct a rationale for a legitimate selection and illustrate how talent selection is based on historically specific assumptions, normative and moral statements and activities connected to a specific discursive formation. This insight can underlines that talent selection cannot be understood as essential skills identified through observation, tests or interviews. It is rather to be understood as a discursive repertoire responding to a specific historical legitimacy.

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Malmö universitet , 2019. Vol. 10, no 2, p. 29-50
Keywords [en]
talent; discursive formations; interpretative repertoires; Foucault; "tidskriften Svensk idrott"
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-5709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-5709DiVA, id: diva2:1304162
Available from: 2019-04-11 Created: 2019-04-11 Last updated: 2019-04-12Bibliographically approved

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