Community-based research has recently gained attention within the sport and exercise sciences. When seeking to understand community based research methodologies, one finds a diversity of approaches spanning a breadth of ontological views and equally diverse methodological approaches. Though little is known about community-based sport, exercise and physical activity research, these foci are beginning to gain scholarly attention, in part through the emerging sport for development and peace literature. This book features a conceptual introduction and eight pioneering examples of community-based research from North American, European, and Oceanic scholars. The topic matter reveals scholarship undertaken in relation to health, physical activity, youth sport, and elite sport, exemplifying work with mainstream and marginalized populations. This book, perhaps the first compilation of community-based research relating to sport, exercise and health, will be of interest to sociologists of sport, sport and exercise psychology scholars, sport management scholars, qualitative researchers, health scholars and practitioners, sport for development organizations, and research ready communities seeking to engage in localized research projects.
This book was published as a special issue of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.
Table of Contents
1. Expanding the sport and physical activity research landscape through community scholarship: introduction 2. An exploration of the meanings of sport to urban Aboriginal youth: a photovoice approach 3. Moving beyond words: exploring the use of an arts-based method in Aboriginal community sport research 4. Developing sport-based after-school programmes using a participatory action research approach 5. Challenging and transforming power relations within community-based participatory research: the promise of a Foucauldian analysis 6. Growing up in the Kayamandi Township: I. The role of sport in helping young people overcome challenges within their community 7. Media framing and the representation of marginalised groups: case studies from two major sporting events 8. ‘It is fun, fitness and football really’: a process evaluation of a football-based health intervention for men 9. Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health in the era of neoliberalism, audit and New Public Management: understanding the conditions for the (im)possibilities of a new paradigm dialogue 10. Pathways for community research in sport and physical activity: criteria for consideration