Basic, Dusko (2015). The United Nations of Football. South-South Migration, Transnational Ties and Denationalization in the National Football Teams of Equatorial Guinea and Togo. Bachelor thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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The United Nations of Football engages with contemporary developments in professional football, in particular the recruitment of international players in national football teams. It scrutinizes these developments in view of South-South mobility, international football politics, and the players’ sense of identity and belonging. The study is based on a critical engagement with relevant theoretical approaches in the fields of international migration and the anthropology of football and combines it with empirical data derived from multi-sited fieldwork in Brazil and in social media networks. The study, supervised by Prof. Michaela Pelican, makes a valid contribution to the debate about the role of the nation state in contemporary identity politics in the field of football migration. It stands out by its effort to integrate the perspectives of international institutions (FIFA), national governments and, importantly, individual players. Moreover, the study sheds light on a regional trajectory (Latin America – Africa) that, so far, has been neglected in studies on football or migration. Moreover, it illustrates the limits of classical anthropological fieldwork and attests to the need for innovative methodological approaches to studying mobile subjects in a highly mobile world.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor thesis)
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-64076
Journal or Publication Title: Kölner Ethnologische Beiträge
Volume: 44
Date: 2015
ISSN: 1611-4531
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 4: Außereuropäische Sprachen, Kulturen und Gesellschaften > Institut für Ethnologie
Subjects: Customs, etiquette, folklore
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Äquatorialguinea, Togo, Fußball, Arbeitsmigration, Ethnizität, BachelorarbeitGerman
Equatorial Guinea, Togo, Football, Labour migration, Ethnicity, Bachelor thesisEnglish
Date of oral exam: 2015
NameAcademic Title
Pelican, MichaelaUNSPECIFIED
Refereed: Yes


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