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The United Nations of Football. South-South Migration, Transnational Ties and Denationalization in the National Football Teams of Equatorial Guinea and Togo

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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    Abstract

    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)
    Creators:
    CreatorsEmail
    Basic, Dusko
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-64076
    Journal or Publication Title: Kölner Ethnologische Beiträge
    ISSN: 1611-4531
    Volume: 44
    Subjects: Customs, etiquette, folklore
    Uncontrolled Keywords:
    KeywordsLanguage
    Äquatorialguinea, Togo, Fußball, Arbeitsmigration, Ethnizität, BachelorarbeitGerman
    Equatorial Guinea, Togo, Football, Labour migration, Ethnicity, Bachelor thesisEnglish
    Faculty: Philosophische Fakultät
    Divisions: Philosophische Fakultät > Institut für Völkerkunde
    Language: English
    Date: 2015
    Date Type: Publication
    Date of oral exam: 2015
    Full Text Status: Public
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2015 14:45:10
    Referee
    NameAcademic Title
    Pelican, Michaela
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/6407

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