The transitional phase or turning point through which the individual passes as he or she acquires new attributes and/or social positions. In a sport subculture, moving from newcomer to core member will entail a number of status passages, often in what Anselm Strauss (Mirrors and Masks, 1959) calls ‘an orderly line of development’. Strauss observes that membership of any enduring group ‘inevitably involves passage from status to status’. Accounts of professional sporting lives, particularly in group contexts such as team games, confirm this: the veteran captain was the less mature and impulsive rookie earlier in his or her sporting career, and a series of turning points have developed the player as both person and performer. Studying status passages in sporting careers is a way of analysing the conditions and circumstances of sporting achievement.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.