178 pages | 2 B/W Illus.
Twitter, Facebook, online forums, blogs and websites – scholars are increasingly turning to digital sources to study sport and physical activity. These platforms have generated new digital content ripe for analysis and are making it possible to investigate communities that were previously inaccessible. However, they have also created theoretical, methodological, practical and ethical challenges.
This book critically examines the opportunities open to qualitative researchers working in digital spaces and offers novel insights into how the rise of new technology is helping to shape sport studies. Showcasing original research on emerging themes, trends and issues such as digital sociology, media citizenship, online gaming, Big Data, fitness apps and online fan cultures, this collection leads the way in this fast-developing field of study. It not only considers the possibilities and limitations of using digital tools to conduct qualitative research into sport, but also provides innovative examples of how researchers can adapt successfully to ever-evolving technologies.
Digital Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity is essential reading for all students and scholars interested in the latest digital developments in sport studies and research methods.
Introduction: Digital qualitative research in sport and exercise
Part I: Conceptualizing digital qualitative research
1. (Digital) culture, media citizenship and major event narratives
2. The datatification of everything: Towards a sociology of sport and Big Data
[Brad Millington and Rob Millington]
3. Transformative potential? Feminist approaches to digital sport media research
Part II: Doing digital qualitative research
4. Understanding athletes’ online participation: A ticket to qualitative research on online sports arenas
[Urban Carlén and Ninitha Maivorsdotter]
5. Guarding against quick and easy: Tightening up qualitative sport and social media research
6. Research consideration when investigating psychological factors and health-related issues in online contexts
[Matthew Hall and Sarah Grogan]
Part III: Examples of digital qualitative research in sport and exercise
7. Mommy blogging: Understanding athlete-mother identities in a running community using discursive psychological analysis
[Kerry McGannon and Jenny McMahon]
8. Unless you go online you’re on your own: Blogging as a bridge in para-sport
[Andrea Bundon and Laura Hurd Clarke]
9. Sponsorship goes social: Analyzing Twitter users’ discussion of French Open sponsors
[Elizabeth Delia and Cole Armstrong]
10. Shaky footage from the field: Envisioning a new terrain with film-based inquiry
Afterword: Sport’s digital future: Biodigital design, e-sport, mixed reality, fan engagement and gamification
From ethnography and narrative inquiry to participatory action research and digital methods, feminist and poststructural theory to new materialism and onto-epistemologies, serious conversations about the practices, politics and philosophies of qualitative inquiry have never been stronger or more abundant in the field of sport, exercise and health. At the same time, the growth of new critical methodologies has opened up interdisciplinary space for sustained engagement with provocative questions over evidence, knowledge, and research practices. The Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity series is the first of its kind within the field that has as its mandate the necessary advancement of qualitative methodologies and their intersection with theory and practice. Books in the series will develop new and innovative methodologies, serve as ‘how-to’ guides for conducting research, and present empirical research findings. It will serve the growing number of students and academics who promote and utilize qualitative inquiry in university courses, research, and applied practice.