This book focuses on sports coaching and sports teaching and how touching young sports participants has been redefined as dubious and dangerous. Coaches are constrained by a framework of regulations and guidelines which create anxiety, and many coaches now question the risks and benefits of their continuing involvement. The book includes some data from a recently completed ESRC project: (‘Hands-off’ sports coaching: the politics of touch) and builds on previous ESRC research (Touchlines – the problematic of touching between children and professionals) which illuminated tensions in touching behaviours between professionals and children in education and care settings. It considers the negative effects of particular understandings of risk and moral panic around touching and related behaviours where adults, children and young people interact, and makes a significant contribution to critical discussions around related practice, pedagogy, politics, and policy. While focussed on sports coaching and teaching, it is germane to the situation of all those acting in loco parentis.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport Education and Society.
1. Hands off! The practice and politics of touch in physical education and sports coaching Heather Piper, Dean Garratt and Bill Taylor 2. Child abuse, child protection, and defensive ‘touch’ in PE teaching and sports coaching Heather Piper, Dean Garratt and Bill Taylor 3. The Australian situation: not so touchy? Catherine Scott 4. ‘Safeguarding’ sports coaching: Foucault, genealogy and critique Dean Garratt, Heather Piper and Bill Taylor 5. Contesting contained bodily coaching experiences Richard Johnson 6. Coaching, caring and the politics of touch: a visual exploration Robyn L. Jones, Jake Bailey and Sofia Santos 7. Handling pressures: analysing touch in American films about youth sport Nicholas Chare 8. Coach-athlete sexual relationships: if no means no does yes mean yes? Susanne Johansson 9. Touching practice and physical education: deconstruction of a contemporary moral panic Simon Fletcher
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.