1st Edition

The World of Physical Culture in Sport and Exercise Visual Methods for Qualitative Research

Edited By Cassandra Phoenix, Brett Smith Copyright 2011
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    Within qualitative research in the social sciences, the last decade has witnessed a growing interest in the use of visual methods. Visual Methods in Physical Culture is the first book in the field of sport and exercise sciences dedicated to harnessing the potential of using visual methods within qualitative research. Theoretically insightful, and methodologically innovative, this book represents a landmark addition to the field of studies in sport, exercise, the body, and qualitative methods. It covers a wide range of empirical work, theories, and visual image-based research, including photography, drawing, and video. In so doing, the book deepens our understanding of physical culture. It also responds to key questions, such as what are visual methods, why might they be used, and how might they be applied in the field of sport and exercise sciences.

    This volume combines clarity of expression with careful scholarship and originality, making it especially appealing to students and scholars within a variety of fields, including sport sociology, sport and exercise psychology, sociology of the body, physical education, gender studies, gerontology, and qualitative inquiry.

    This book was published as a special issue in Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise.

    Foreword  Sarah Pink

    1. Seeing the world of physical culture: the potential of visual methods for qualitative research in sport and exercise  Cassandra Phoenix

    2. Fell running in post-sport territories  Michael Atkinson

    3. Talking T-shirts: a visual exploration of youth material culture  Clive C. Pope

    4. Setting the scene: hailing women into a running identity  Meridith Griffin

    5. Power and focus: self-representation of female college athletes  Vikki Krane, Sally R. Ross, Montana Miller, Julie L. Rowse, Kristy Ganoe, Jaclyn A. Andrzejczyk and Cathryn B. Lucas

    6. Embodying understanding: drawing as research in sport and exercise  Hannah M. Gravestock

    7. ‘What it was in my eyes’: picturing youths’ embodiment in ‘real’ spaces  Laura Azzarito and Jennifer Sterling

    8. The influence of marianismo beliefs on physical activity of mid-life immigrant Latinas: a Photovoice study  Karen T. D’Alonzo and Manoj Sharma

    9. Renewal, strength and commitment to self and others: older women’s reflections of the benefits of exercise using Photovoice  Joanie Sims-Gould, Laura Hurd Clarke, Maureen C. Ashe, John Naslund and Teresa Liu-Ambrose

    10. Shooting a diary, not just a hoop: using video diaries to explore the embodied everyday contexts of a university basketball team  Jim Cherrington and Beccy Watson

    11. Seeing is believing: telling the ‘inside’ story of a beginning masters athlete through film  Mary Ann Kluge, Bevan C. Grant, Lorraine Friend and Linda Glick


    Cassandra Phoenix is a lecturer at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research interests include ageing, the body, experiences of physicality across the life course, and visual methods. Cassandra is a member of the editorial board for Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Journal of Aging Studies, and Narrative Works.

    Brett Smith is a senior lecturer at Loughborough University, UK. His research interests include disability, the body, narrative, and qualitative inquiry. Brett is Associate Editor of Psychology of Sport and Exercise and the Editor-in-Chief of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise.