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Published in: Journal of African American Studies 2/2012

01-06-2012 | ARTICLES

“I’m a Baller”: Athletic Identity Foreclosure among African-American Former Student-Athletes

Author: Krystal Beamon

Published in: Journal of African American Studies | Issue 2/2012

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Abstract

Few collegiate athletes advance to the ranks of professional. For most collegiate student-athletes, their retirement from athletics will begin soon after their senior campaign, but many have a difficult time leaving their dreams, aspirations, and athletic identity behind. Athletes participating in high-level sports competition have been noted to have an exclusive athletic identity, with most of their self-definition and self-worth based on athletic participation and success. This study examines identity foreclosure in 20 African-American former Division I athletes through in-depth ethnographic interviews. These athletes were found to have exclusive athletic identities that negatively affect their transition out of athletics as they struggle to redefine their identities.

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Metadata
Title
“I’m a Baller”: Athletic Identity Foreclosure among African-American Former Student-Athletes
Author
Krystal Beamon
Publication date
01-06-2012
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Journal of African American Studies / Issue 2/2012
Print ISSN: 1559-1646
Electronic ISSN: 1936-4741
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12111-012-9211-8

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