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Magnus Kilger is a senior lecturer in Sport Science at GIH in Stockholm. His PhD project investigated the selection process in talent selection camps for the youth national teams in Sweden. Presently, his primary research interest is in talent management and youth identity in sporting contexts. Magnus has been coaching football and floorball on different levels for many years.
For a number of years, Jens Christian Nielsen has studied young people's well-being and mistrust, transition and identity processes, participation and social communities, and learning and competence development. He is currently responsible for a major research project on talent development in sports ant in the primary school education.
Public defence of doctoral thesis | Talking talent: Narratives of youth sports selection by Magnus Kilger
The dissertation elucidates the discourse of selection and the process of selecting young sporting talents during final selection camps for youth national teams in football, hockey and floorball in Sweden. The aim is to analyze how talent selection is organizationally legitimized, how “selectability” is produced in interaction and how specific narratives are used in success stories.