Coordinated action, communication, and creativity in basketball in superdiversity

John Callaghan, Emilee Moore, James Simpson

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© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper examines the complex social space of basketball training sessions at a sports centre in superdiverse inner-city Leeds, contextualising the site in relation to stigmatising discourses that suggest disorderliness and a lack of social cohesion. The microanalysis of video data from the training sessions counteracts these discourses by showing how social orderliness, cooperation, and creativity unfold in the details of interaction. The significance of its contribution lies in its analysis of communication that bridges across semiotic modes, extending the concept of translanguaging to encompass embodied practice. This practice contributes to constituting a small culture within the basketball club.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-53
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018


  • Basketball
  • multimodality
  • schemata
  • superdiversity
  • translanguaging
  • visual linguistic ethnography


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