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Research Methodologies for Sports Scholarship

1st Edition

Edited by James Skinner, Terry Engelberg


244 pages

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When investigating the diverse, complex and changing contemporary field of sport, we recognize there is no methodology that meets the needs of all sport. Sport researchers should take advantage of innovative approaches from other fields to explore emerging phenomena or innovatively advance scholarly sport research approaches. For example, technology, globalization and commercialization may be the principal trends, but they are not the only trends, Sport researchers have the opportunity to study other trends, including the modernization of sport organizations, changing governance practices, regulatory changes, innovation, merchandising, media and broadcasting technologies, socio demographic influences (i.e. aging populations, change in employment patterns, increasing diversity), sport for development, physical activity and sport participation changes. As such, this book introduces innovative research methods and approaches can be applied to the sport discipline.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.

Table of Contents

Introduction: New problems, new challenges: embracing innovative approaches to sport research

James Skinner and Terry Engelberg

1. Using qualitative methodology to better understand why females experience barriers to regular participation in adventure sport in Scotland

Sarah Morton

2. Stories and stakeholders: how to explore the paradox of commercialism in sports

Hans Erik Næss

3. Opportunities to interpret: a methodological discussion of insider research, perceptions of the researcher, and knowledge production

Melissa C. Wiser

4. Finding the missing voices of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP): using a ‘Participatory Social Interaction Research’ methodology and anthropological perspectives within African developing countries

Holly Collison and David Marchesseault

5. Negotiating insider–outsider status in ethnographic sports research

Danielle Sarver Coombs and Anne C. Osborne

6. Social validation: a motivational theory of doping in an online bodybuilding community

Brendan Hutchinson, Stephen Moston and Terry Engelberg

7.Valuing the lived experience: a phenomenological study of skiing

Kerensa Clark, Lesley Ferkins, Liz Smythe and Uma Jogulu

8. Doing descriptive phenomenological data collection in sport psychology research

Lisa O’Halloran, Martin Littlewood, David Richardson, David Tod and Mark Nesti

9.Understanding implementation and change in complex interventions. From single- to multi-methodological research on the promotion of youths’ participation in physical education

Sine Agergaard, Silke Dankers, Mette Munk and Anne-Marie Elbe

10. Using transdisciplinary research to examine talent identification and development in sport

Kristine Toohey, Clare MacMahon, Juanita Weissensteiner, Alana Thomson, Chris Auld, Anthony Beaton, Matthew Burke and Geoff Woolcock

11. A mixed methods approach to compare elite sport policies of nations. A critical reflection on the use of composite indicators in the SPLISS study

Veerle De Bosscher

12. Event history analysis of longitudinal data: a methodological application to sport sponsorship

Jonathan A. Jensen and Brian A. Turner

13. A case study of Twitter as a research tool

Ben Corbett and Allan Edwards

About the Editors

James Skinner is a Professor of Sport Business, Director of the Institute for Sport Business at Loughborough University, London, UK. His research interests are in leadership, culture, change and innovation in sport, doping in sport, sport and social capital and research design and methods for sport business.

Terry Engelberg is an Associate Professor: Department of Psychology/Sport and Exercise Science, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. Terry has previously conducted seven major studies on anti-doping in Australia and a project on detecting doping, funded by the inaugural International Olympic Committee.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

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.

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