Qualitative Research on Sport and Physical Culture

Qualitative Research on Sport and Physical Culture

by Kevin Young
     
 

With the mushrooming of academic programs in sociology and psychology of sport, physical-activity and exercise science, kinesiology, and health, undergraduate and graduate courses on research methods have expanded and diversified greatly. Within this context of diversity, one of the primary pedagogical hurdles an instructor must negotiate is finding comprehensive

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With the mushrooming of academic programs in sociology and psychology of sport, physical-activity and exercise science, kinesiology, and health, undergraduate and graduate courses on research methods have expanded and diversified greatly. Within this context of diversity, one of the primary pedagogical hurdles an instructor must negotiate is finding comprehensive and cutting-edge sources on critical/qualitative methodologies in a market that contains a relative dearth of accessible and down-to-earth options. Simply stated; more accessible, and innovative books outlining qualitative methods are needed. In teaching sociology of sport and physical culture, what instructors are forced to do at present is draw from qualitative research chapters in commonly used sociology/sport and exercise sciences textbooks, or employ qualitative methods books from other disciplines that are simply not written for sociology of sport and physical culture students. Many of these sources are neither engaging nor student friendly, are discussed in a standard template fashion, and fail to clearly articulate the actual, lived practice of qualitative methods in plain language. This volume lays tout both orthodox and innovative approaches' in qualitative research methods, from classic modes of ethnography and interviewing, to cutting-edge technique's in narrative and visual analysis. Each chapter revolves around one principal approach in qualitative research, and is written in an easy, first person style. Each contributor uses her/his own substantive research to work through the use of the specific approach explaining, for instance, why certain methodological choices were made, what problems were faced, and how these were overcome.

Still largely missing in the sociology of sport and physical culture literature, this sort of volume bears real potential for use in mainstream sociology classes as well as methods classes, sociology of sport classes, and other courses offered throughout the disciplines that deal with the study of sport, human movement, and physical culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780522968
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publication date:
10/12/2012
Series:
Research in the Sociology of Sport Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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