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Qualitative Research on Sport and Physical Culture

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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. ...

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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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Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Introduction: The Practice of Qualitative Research and Thinking Qualitatively Kevin Young Michael Atkinson ix

Chapter 1 Historical Methods and Traces of the Past: Embracing the Complexities and Engaging in Reflexivity Carly Adams 1

Chapter 2 The Empirical Strikes Back: Doing Realist Ethnography Michael Atkinson 23

Chapter 3 The Ethnographic (I)Nterview in the Sports Field: Towards a Postmodern Sensibility Holly Thorpe 51

Chapter 4 Narrative Analysis in Sport and Physical Culture Brett Smith Andrew C. Sparkes 79

Chapter 5 Visual Methods in Physical Culture: Body Culture Exhibition Emma Rich Kerrie O 'Connell 101

Chapter 6 Media Analysis in Physical Cultural Studies: From Production to Reception Brad Millington Brian Wilson 129

Chapter 7 Critical Feminist/Queer Methodologies: Deconstructing (Hetero)Normative Inscriptions Caroline Fusco 151

Chapter 8 Embodied Research Methodologies and Seeking the Senses in Sport and Physical Culture: A Fleshing Out of Problems and Possibilities Andrew C. Sparkes Brett Smith 167

Chapter 9 Autoethnography: Situating Personal Sporting Narratives in Socio-Cultural Contexts Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson 191

Chapter 10 Two (Or More) Feet Are Better Than One: Mixed Methods Research in Sport and Physical Culture Kass Gibson 213

Chapter 11 Truth Or Dare: Examining the Perils, Pains and Pitfalls of Investigative Methodologies in the Sociology of Sport John Sugden 233

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