1st Edition

Doing Real World Research in Sports Studies

Edited By Andy Smith, Ivan Waddington Copyright 2014
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    Traditional research methods textbooks tend to present an idealized and simplistic picture of the research process. This ground-breaking text however, features leading international sport researchers explaining how they actually carried out their real life research projects, highlighting the practical day-to-day problems, false starts and setbacks that are a normal part of the research process.

    This book focuses on ten pieces of research that have made a distinctive and valuable contribution to the study of sport. For each one the author of that research explains how the project was conducted and the issues that they faced. In addition, each piece of research has a commentary from a leading sport scholar outlining why it is regarded as being an important contribution to the discipline of sport studies and how that research can inform studies being carried out today.

    Contributors to the book describe how in their own real life research projects, they

    • initially conceptualized and defined their research projects
    • secured funding and/or sponsorship from relevant bodies
    • handled enforced changes to the research plans
    • confronted/overcame obstacles presented by outside bodies
    • managed inter-personal/emotional relationships in the research encounter
    • managed possible threats to their personal safety or physical integrity
    • managed good luck, bad luck and serendipitous findings
    • dealt with favourable and hostile media reaction to research findings.

    Doing Real World Research in Sport Studies enables students and researchers to develop a more realistic understanding of what the research process actually involves. It charts the development of key research projects in sport and should be essential reading for any sport research methods course.

    Introduction - Real Life Research: The Inside Story - Ivan Waddington and Andy Smith  Chapter 1. Researching the World of Professional Football - Ivan Waddington  Commentary - Sports Medicine Goes Under the Knife - Dominic Malcolm  Chapter 2. Darwin’s Athletes: A Retrospective After Fifteen Years - John Hoberman  Commentary - Racism, Sports Research and Political Failure - Grant Jarvie  Chapter 3. Habitus as Topic and Tool: Reflections on Becoming a Prizefighter - Loïc Wacquant  Commentary - ‘Three Funerals, Two Weddings, Four Births and a Baptism’: On the Importance of Embodying Sociology - Chris Shilling  Chapter 4. Mischief Managed: Ticket Scalping, Research Ethics and Involved Detachment - Michael Atkinson  Commentary - The Ups and Downs of Hanging Out with Ticket Scalpers: Reflections on Doing Ethnographic Research - Kath Woodward  Chapter 5. Bodybuilding, Drugs and Risk: Reflections on an Ethnographic Study - Lee F. Monaghan  Commentary - Raising the Bar in Bodybuilding Research: A Commentary on Bodybuilding, Drugs and Risk By Lee F. Monaghan - Martin Roderick  Chapter 6. Home and Away Revisited – Warts and All - Scott Fleming  Commentary - A Reflection on the Impact of Home and Away - Karl Spracklen  Chapter 7. Methodological Issues in Researching Physical Activity in Later Life - Elizabeth C. J. Pike  Commentary - Ageing, Embodiment and Physical Activity: Some Key Methodological Issues - Sharon Wray  Chapter 8. Researching Inner-City Sport: Who Plays, And What Are The Benefits? - Ken Roberts  Commentary - Roberts’ and Brodie’s Inner-City Sport: An Undiscovered Gem? - Ken Green  Chapter 9. Researching Sport-for-Development: The Need for Scepticism - Fred Coalter  Commentary - Sport-for-Development: The Work of Fred Coalter - Cora Burnett  Chapter 10. Researching Policy Change in School Sport and Physical Education - Barrie Houlihan  Commentary - Yes, Minister: Insights from Research on the Politics of Policy Change in Physical Education and School Sport - Andy Smith


    Andy Smith is Professor of Sport and Physical Activity and Associate Head of the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill university, where he is also Director of the Social Science of Sport Research Group. He is Co-Editor of the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.

    Ivan Waddington is a Visiting Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, and the University of Chester. He is a recognised expert on drug use in sport and is the author of Sport, Health and Drugs and co-author of An Introduction to Drugs in Sport (with Andy Smith).

    'A fascinating read for scholars enthusiastic about social research on sport ... Within a burgeoning library of contemporary sport-related research texts, this deserves pride of place as one of the more original and compelling contributions of recent years', Alex Channon, Leisure Studies