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Talent Production in Interaction: Performance Appraisal Interviews in Talent Selection Camps
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8684-3724
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2017 (English)In: Communication & Sport, ISSN 2167-4795, E-ISSN 2167-4809, Vol. 5, no 1, 110-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In sports, there is an extensive interest in identifying and selecting talented children

in order to develop elite adult athletes. The process of selecting and screening

talents involves not only physical and technical skills but also efforts to find adequate

personality traits. Therefore, different types of performance appraisal interviews

(PAIs) are becoming increasingly common within the field. Departing from fieldwork

in two selection camps for Swedish youth national teams in soccer and hockey, we

will take a closer look at the PAIs employed during these camps. This article takes on

a narrative approach, emphasizing PAI as a narrative genre and a framework for a

specific form of interaction. Our findings show how eligibility is performed in

interaction through following three practices: (i) showcasing gratitude without tipping

into flattery, (ii) using temporality as a way of displaying developmental

potential, and (iii) adopting the role of the self-reflecting subject. This genre of

interviews not only produces certain practices but also preferred subject positions

and narratives. The PAI is thus a narrative genre where the players are encouraged

to perform talent in order to appear selectable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 5, no 1, 110-129 p.
Keyword [en]
talent selection, performance appraisal interviews, narrative analysis, small stories
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Child and Youth Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137709DOI: 10.1177/2167479515591789OAI: diva2:1063643
Available from: 2017-01-10 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2017-01-18Bibliographically approved
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