1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise

Edited By Brett Smith, Andrew C. Sparkes Copyright 2017
    518 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    518 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The last two decades have witnessed a proliferation of qualitative research in sport and exercise. The Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise is the first book to offer an in-depth survey of established and emerging qualitative methods, from conceptual first principles to practice and process.

    Written and edited by a team of world-leading researchers, and some of the best emerging talents, the book introduces a range of research traditions within which qualitative researchers work. It explores the different methods used to collect and analyse data, offering rationales for why each method might be chosen and guidance on how to employ each technique successfully. It also introduces important contemporary debates and goes further than any other book in exploring new methods, concepts, and future directions, such as sensory research, digital research, visual methods and how qualitative research can generate impact.

    Cutting-edge, timely and comprehensive, the Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise is an essential reference for any student or scholar using qualitative methods in sport and exercise-related research.

    1. Introduction: An invitation to qualitative research

    (Brett Smith and Andrew C. Sparkes

    PART I: Traditions of Qualitative Research 

    2. Breathing in life: Phenomenological perspectives on sport and exercise 

    (Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

    3. Doing grounded theory in sport and exercise

    (Nicholas L. Holt

    4. Narrative Inquiry: From cardinal to marginal…and back?

    (Anthony Papathomas

    5. Ethnography

    (Michael Atkinson

    6. Case studies

    (Ken Hodge and Lee-Ann Sharp

    7. Feminisms 

    (Cheryl Cooky

    8. Embarking on community-based participatory action research: A methodology that emerges from (and in) communities

    (Robert J. Schinke and Amy T. Blodgett

    PART II: Collecting Qualitative Data 

    9. Interviews: Qualitative interviewing in the sport and exercise sciences

    (Brett Smith and Andrew C. Sparkes

    10. Conducting observations in sport and exercise settings

    (Holly Thorpe and Rebecca Olive

    11. Visual research methods

    (Cassandra Phoenix and Emma Rich

    12. Media research: From text to context

    (Brad Millington and Brian Wilson

    13. Using material objects and artifacts in research

    (Kerry Chamberlain and Antonia C. Lyons

    14. Documents of life - from diaries to autobiographies to biographical objects

    (Melissa Day

    PART III: Analyzing Qualitative Data 

    15. Using thematic analysis in sport and exercise research

    (Virginia Braun, Victoria Clarke and Paul Weate

    16. Phenomenological analysis in sport and exercise

    (Susanne Ravn

    17. Interpretative phenomenological analysis in sport and exercise: Getting at experience

    (Jonathan A. Smith

    18. Critical discourse analysis in sport and exercise: What, why and how

    (Kerry R. McGannon

    19. Conversational analysis is sport and exercise

    (Amanda LeCouteur and Suzanne Cosh

    20. Narrative analysis in sport and exercise: How can it be done?

    (Brett Smith

    21. Synthesizing qualitative research: Meta-synthesis in sport and exercise

    (Toni L. Williams and Rachel L. Shaw

    PART IV: Representation, Evaluation and Ethics 

    22. In defense of realist tales

    (Samantha King

    23. Creative analytical practices

    (Jenny McMahon

    24. Ethics in sport and exercise research: From research ethics committees to ethics in the field

    (Catherine Palmer

    25. Rethinking ‘validity’ and ‘trustworthiness’ in qualitative inquiry: How might we judge the quality of qualitative research in sport and exercise sciences?

    (Shaunna Burke

    PART V: Opening Up Qualitative Research Practices in Sport and Exercise 

    26. Researching the senses in sport and exercise

    (Andrew C. Sparkes

    27. The Web and digital qualitative methods: Researching online and researching the online in sport and exercise studies

    (Andrea Bundon

    28. Pluralistic data analysis: Theory and practice

    (Nicola J. Clarke, Nick Caddick and Nollaig Frost

    29. Mixed methods research in sport and exercise: Integrating qualitative research

    (Kass Gibson

    30. The role of theory, interpretation and critical thought within qualitative sport and exercise research

    (Tania Cassidy

    31. Teaching qualitative research

    (Camilla J. Knight

    32. Knowledge, not numbers: Qualitative research and impact in sport, exercise and health

    (Tess Kay

    33. Moving between worldviews: Indigenous physical cultures through Indigenous eyes

    (Moss E. Norman and Michael A. Hart) 

    PART VI: Future Visions 

    34. Thinking about the future: Challenges and opportunities

    (Tara-Leigh McHugh

    35. A look at the future of qualitative methodology through the prism of athlete career research

    (Natalia B. Stambulova

    36. Qualitative research in search of ‘truth’ and agency: Challenges and opportunities for qualitative research

    (Cora Burnett

    37. Challenges and opportunities for qualitative research: Future directions

    (Michael D. Giardina

    38. Embracing the messiness of qualitative research: Challenges and opportunities for qualitative researchers in sport and exercise

    (Vikki Krane


    Brett Smith, PhD, is Professor of Physical Activity and Health in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research focuses on disability, sport and physical activity. He is also interested in qualitative inquiry and its possibilities for social change. Brett is Associate Editor of Psychology of Sport and Exercise and serves actively on seven editorial boards, including the Sociology of Sport Journal and Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. He is co-author of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health: From Process to Product. He is also co-editor of the Routledge book series on Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity. Brett is the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.

    Andrew C. Sparkes, PhD and professor, is currently with the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, at Leeds Beckett University, UK. His research interests are inspired by a continuing fascination with the ways that people inhabit and experience their bodies differently over time, and in a variety of contexts. To explore such experiences he draws on life history, ethnography, auto-ethnography and narrative approaches. Andrew is co-author of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health: From Process to Product, and co-editor of Advances in Biographical Methods: Creative Applications, both published by Routledge.