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Subject/Keyword
Basketball
Selection Processes
Sport Labour Migration
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Ferguson, Daniel J
Supervisor and department
Washington, Marvin (Business)
Examining committee member and department
Deephouse, David (Business)
Denison, Jim (Physical Education and Recreation)
Department
Physical Education and Recreation
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-08-27T13:50:49Z
Graduation date
2012-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Based on Norbert Elias’ Figurational Theory, the purpose of this study is to explore the processes of import player selection; specifically of North American male basketball players into European professional leagues. Primary data was collected via semi-structured interviews, where open-ended questions were asked to coaches, players, and agents on their experiences within import player selection processes. Consistent with Baur & Ernst’s (2011) four stage model for figurational studies, supplementary data was used to contextualize the primary data. Following the data collection, a latent content analysis was used to organize the data into meaningful illustrations. This data set was triangulated by supplementary sources including archival documents and the researcher’s insider-perspective. Themes of status, legitimacy, and interdependent networks were found to most accurately describe the experiences of selection. Each theme represented distinct procedures within player selection, yet these procedures were found to function as interweaved and normalized processes.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3DP8H
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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