Qualitative Research for Physical Culture

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Qualitative Research for Physical Culture is a practical guide to qualitative research methods in the multidisciplinary field of physical culture. This innovative, unique and clearly-written book provides a complete one-stop manual to designing, researching and writing an effective research project.  The authors identify the '7 Ps' of research which allows the reader to navigate a clear pathway through the research process. 

The '7 Ps' are divded into three areas:

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Overview

Qualitative Research for Physical Culture is a practical guide to qualitative research methods in the multidisciplinary field of physical culture. This innovative, unique and clearly-written book provides a complete one-stop manual to designing, researching and writing an effective research project.  The authors identify the '7 Ps' of research which allows the reader to navigate a clear pathway through the research process. 

The '7 Ps' are divded into three areas:

 

- Design which examines the Purpose of using qualitiative methods; Paradigms of approach; and the Process of putting together a project
- Doing which looks at a range of different methodological Practices and the Politics of Interpretation of such approaches 
- Dissemination which examines the Presentation of research and the Promise - how to judge the quality of research

Exploring interviewing, textual analysis, narrative analysis and field methods such as ethnography, case studies and participatory action research, the text also includes invaluable advice on the writing process and how to critically assess the quality of research, and will be invaluable as a teaching tool or essential reference for experienced and inexperienced researchers alike.

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"The text offered guidance and aided me as I began to negotiate the contested and messy world of research. This is a book that is simultaneously challenging and rewarding, a must for students endeavouring to research physical culture" —Matthew, Graduate Student, University of Maryland
 
"It was daunting doing a dissertation for the first time and the 7P approach provided a clear step-by-step guide from start to finish of the project" — Sarah, Undergraduate Student, Bath University, UK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230230248
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

PIRKKO MARKULA is Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Physical Activity at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research interests include poststructuralist feminist analysis of dance, exercise and sport, ethnography, autoethnography and performance ethnography. She is co-author of Foucault, Sport and Exercise, editor of Olympic Women and the Media, and Feminist Sport Studies, and co-editor of Critical Bodies and Moving Writing.

MICHAEL SILK is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Bath, UK. His research and scholarship centers on the production and consumption of urban space, the governance of bodies, and, the performative politics of identity within the context of a global neoliberal economic order. His recent works include: Sport and Corporate Nationalisms (co-authored), Qualitative Methods and Sports Studies (co-authored), Televised Sport in the Post 9/11 Era, and Sport & Neoliberalism (co-authored).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface PART I: DESIGN Purpose Paradigms Process PART II: DOING Practicing Interviewing Practicing Textual Analysis Practicing Narrative Analysis Practicing Field Methods PART III: DISSEMINATION
(Re)Presentation The Promise Conclusion

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