1st Edition

Creative and Inclusive Research Methods in Sport, Physical Activity and Health Understanding British Chinese Children’s Experiences

By Bonnie Pang Copyright 2024
    130 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book demonstrates how creative research methods can be used to better understand the experiences of children, particularly in the context of sport, physical activity and health.

    Extending recent developments in arts-based methods, mobile digital ethnographic methods, participatory visual methods and autoethnography in research with children, the book focuses on British Chinese children – an often-neglected group in research studies – providing new perspectives on diversity and inclusion, innovative research methods and the Chinese diaspora. The book draws on concepts from health and physical education, sport, sociology, and psycho-social studies to shed new light on social dynamics, cultural diversities and contextual changes in British Chinese children’s health-related experiences. It shows how globalisation and international mobility has complicated diversity and difference in the Chinese diaspora, and how creative research methods and reflexivity can be powerful tools for unlocking our understanding of children’s everyday lives.

    This is fascinating and useful reading for any researcher or advanced student with an interest in innovative research methods, sport, physical activity, health, migration and diaspora studies, childhood and youth studies.

    1. Using Creative and Inclusive Research Methods with British Chinese Children

    2. Autoethnography: Migration and Ethnic and Race Relations

    3. Arts-Based Method: Coproducing Research with Children

    4. Mobile Digital Ethnography: Independence and Mobility

    5. Participatory Visual Research: Embodiment

    6. Future Directions in Theory, Research and Practice


    Bonnie Pang is Associate Professor at the University of Bath, UK, and Adjunct Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia. Her research focuses on members of the Chinese diaspora and contemporary issues and research methods related to diversity and inclusion in sport, health, and education. Bonnie is an editorial board member of Sport, Education and Society, and Leisure Sciences, AIESEP Young Scholar, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow (2019–2020).

    'This is an inspiring book, alive with creative ideas that showcase powerfully collaborative research. It is engaged with critical debates on identities, leisure, sport, physical activity and health, and it will enthuse readers to explore the potential of creative and arts-based approaches in socially inclusive research – with children and beyond.'

    Dr Brett Lashua, Lecturer, IOE Faculty of Education and Society, University College London, UK

    'In this new book, Dr Pang employs creative and arts-based methodologies in her sociological foray into the sporting, physical activity, and health experiences of British Chinese children. This is much needed work now and in the future for multicultural societies challenged by complicated questions of inclusivity, mobility, and wellbeing of next generations.'

    Dr Michael Mu, Associate Professor, Enterprise Fellow, Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion, University of South Australia

    'This engaging book outlines the various creative and innovative research methods employed by Dr Pang in her study with British Chinese children. In discussing both methodological and social considerations, it offers an important insight into the complex lived experiences of this under-researched group.'

    Dr Rachel Sandford, Senior Lecturer, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, UK

    'Power is rarely given up willingly, in the research enterprise it requires critical thought and reflection throughout the research journey. Where children and young people who are under-researched are concerned herein lies an additional ethical dilemma. For scholars like Dr Pang, this commitment to inclusion and social justice, consultation and co-production has to be more than theoretical.'

    Emeritus Professor Kevin Hylton, Equality and Diversity in Sport and Education, Leeds Beckett University, UK

    'Dr Pang’s book offers theoretical insight and practical guidance to academics in their understanding of creative and inclusive research methods, as well as an analysis of the challenges, and, sometimes unexpected, delights of the process. As an artist working within academic research, I’m pleased to see the use of creative methods recognised and validated.'

    Mary Cooper, Professional Writer based in Leeds, UK