Ethnography has become an important method for researching and interpreting the social world, not least in the field of sport and exercise studies. Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research is the first book to provide a contemporary overview of the current state of ethnographic research and its application within sport and exercise, introducing and explaining a range of well-established and emerging ethnographic approaches.
Featuring a heavyweight line-up of sport and exercise researchers, the book is divided into three parts. The first considers the methodological and theoretical aspects of ethnographic research, including:
In the second part of the book, a series of chapter-length case studies, spanning sports from boxing to fell running and themes from gender to fandom, demonstrate the challenges and rewards of ethnographic research in the context of sport and exercise, helping students and researchers to develop a solid understanding of qualitative research at both a theoretical and a practical level. The final part of the book considers future directions for ethnographic research, including an evaluation of its place in the expanding field of study in sport management.
A comprehensive assessment of the statement of ethnographic research in sport, Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research is invaluable reading for any research methods course taken as part of a degree programme in sport and exercise, and a useful reference for all active researchers.
‘This book is great for sport-focused individuals in the academy who are new to ethnographic research, who want to have a deeper understanding of what ethnography is in general, and who would like to explore ethnography as a research-method option … it opens a door for students to be involved in a somewhat underutilized but valuable research technique’, Boyun Woo, International Journal of Sport Communication
1. Introduction(Gyozo Molnar & Laura Purdy) 2. Ethnography in sport-related research: influences, continuities, possibilities (Carrie Dunn & John Hughson) Part 1: Ethnography: methodological and theoretical considerations 3. Finding the Field: Ethnographic Research in Exercise Settings (Pirkko Markula) 4. Ethnography as a sensual way of being: Methodological and representational challenges (Andrew C. Sparkes) 5. Ethnographic creative non-fiction: Exploring the what’s, why’s and how’s (Brett Smith & Kerry R. McGannon & Toni L. Williams) Part 2: Case Studies 6. Women’s lived experiences of health and ageing in physical activity (Meridith Griffin & Cassandra Phoenix) 7. Suffering and the Loneliness of the Fell Runner: An Ethnographic Foray (Michael Atkinson) 8. The boxer in the mirror: The ethnographic-self as a resource while conducting insider research among professional boxers (Alex Stewart) 9. Considering micropolitical (under)‘currents’: Reflections on fieldwork within an elite men’s rowing programme (Laura Purdy) 10. Reflecting on the ‘perils of ethnography’: A case study of football fan rivalry in Birmingham (Adam Benkwitz) 11. The legitimacy of ethnographic filming: Literary thoughts and practical realities (C. Edwards & R. L. Jones) 12. Traversing ontological dispositions: The intersection between remote Indigenous communities and elite urban-based men’s football organisation (Tim Butcher, Chris Hallinan & Barry Judd) Part 3: Future considerations and directions 13. Walking the streets: The flâneur and the sociology of sport (Alan Bairner) 14. The marginal place of ethnographic research in sport management (John Harris)