La co-production de la performance arbitrale de haut niveau : le cas du rugby

Abstract : Whilst refereeing contributes towards athletes’ performances, top-level referees must also produce a performance. This article looks at the process underlying such performances by examining the case of rugby refereeing. Rather than trying to identify performance factors, we focus on refereeing in terms of its practices. We establish the fact that, on the field, refereeing performance is a co-production. First and foremost, we show how modes of coordination between the referee and the players are part of the performance produced. We then look at how this performance is assessed. Two modes of evaluation weigh upon top-level refereeing: an official institutional evaluation made by a supervisor, and a public evaluation provided by the press. Their examination highlights the variability and disparity in the criteria used to assess top-level refereeing performance.
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Géraldine Rix-Lièvre, Simon Boyer, Fatia Terfous, Fabien Coutarel, Pascal Lièvre. La co-production de la performance arbitrale de haut niveau : le cas du rugby. Sociologie du Travail, Elsevier Masson, 2015, 57, pp.496-515. ⟨10.1016/j.soctra.2015.09.005⟩. ⟨hal-01225694⟩

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