Goal dreams: Conflicting development imaginaries in Ghanaian football academies

Itamar Dubinsky, Lynn Schler

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Focusing on three Ghanaian football academies, this article examines the role that dreams and aspirations play in shaping development schemes and in determining their impact. Football ignites the hopes and imaginations of entrepreneurs, aspiring players, their parents and supporters, and these aspirations serve as a blueprint for action both among founders and participants of academies. Imagined futures give birth to development initiatives, attracting participants, and providing them with opportunities to articulate their own aspirations. The following examination argues that it is vital for researchers and practitioners to understand how a variety of imagined futures comes into play in development schemes, as the conflicts and negotiations between divergent imaginaries can explain why individuals engage with development, how schemes evolve and how they leave their mark upon communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-272
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Modern African Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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