Mental health, crime, sport, community, and island life: the post-retirement struggles of a Fiji soccer hero

Kieran James*, Yogesh Nadan

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Abstract

This article explores the soccer career of the ex-Fiji national-team player, Henry Dyer, and his post-retirement struggles. He experiences ‘fragmentation’ because of two ‘epiphanies’ (traumatic life-events) - his failure to get an elite coaching job after retirement and failure to secure an overseas playing-contract. After a period of fragmentation, when he cut all ties with the sport, he has reinvented himself as a caring person who, through the social and support club, Nadi Legends Club, visits ex-players going through illness. We also use Henry’s story as a gateway to explore (1) race and class aspects; and (2) masculinity issues. We look at the case through the theoretical lenses of symbolic interactionism and Foucault on power.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-396
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of the Sociology of Leisure
Volume4
Issue number4
Early online date22 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Fiji soccer
  • masculinity
  • quest narrative
  • race and class

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