This book examines the lives, decisions and challenges faced by transnational sport migrants - those professionals working in the sports industry who cross borders as part of their professional lives.
Despite a great deal of romance surrounding international celebrity athletes, the vast majority of transnational sport migrants - players, journalists, coaches, administrators and medical personnel - toil far away from the limelight. Thomas F. Carter traces their lives, routes and experiences, documenting their travels and travails.
He argues that far from the ease of mobility that celebrity sports stars enjoy, the vast majority of transnational sports migrants make huge sacrifices and labour under political restrictions, often enforced by sport's governing bodies.
Thomas F. Carter is Principal Lecturer in Anthropology and Sport at the University of Brighton. He is the author of The Quality of Home Runs: The Passion, Politics and Language of Cuban Baseball (Duke University Press, 2008) and In Foreign Fields (Pluto, 2011).
Acknowledgements Preface Introduction: Sowing Transnational Fields 1. Routes and Strategies of Transnational Migration 2. Striding Across Fields of Global Sport 3. Tensions of Sovereignty and Citizenship 4. NEOsport and the Production of Transnational Sport Migrants 5. Family Matters: Negotiating the Risks and Costs of Mobility 6. Illegal Motion: Undocumented Migration and the Production of Illegality Concluding Remarks: Experiencing the Politics of Transnational Migration Works Cited Media Sources Index