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Michael Giardina

Professor
Florida State University

Michael D. Giardina (PhD, U. of Illinois) is Professor of Physical Culture and Qualitative Inquiry in the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University. He has published widely on qualitative research methods, sport and physical cultural studies, biopolitics, and globalization/transnationalism. He is the current editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal, and editor of three book series with Routledge.

Biography

Michael D. Giardina (PhD, U. of Illinois ) is Professor of Physical Culture and Qualitative Inquiry at Florida State University. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation: Consumption and the Cultural Politics of Neoliberalism (PalgraveMacmillan, 2011, with Joshua Newman), which received the 2012 Outstanding Book Award from NASSS, Sporting Pedagogies: Performing Culture & Identity in the Global Arena (Peter Lang, 2005), which received the 2006 Outstanding Book Award from NASSS, and Qualitative Inquiry in at a Crossorads (with Norman K. Denzin; Routledge, 2019). He is Editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal, Special Issues Editor of Cultural Studies⇔Critical Methodologies, co-editor (with Brett Smith) of the Qualitative Research in Sport & Physical Activity book series for Routledge, co-editor (with Norman Denzin) of the ICQI and Foundations and Futures in Qualitative Inquiry book series for Routledge, and Assistant Director of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Qualitative research methods; physical cultural studies; biopolitics; mega-events; intersectionality

Personal Interests

    LA Kings hockey; tennis; traveling; spending time with my family

Books

Articles

Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health

(Post?)qualitative inquiry in sport, exercise, and health


Published: Mar 05, 2017 by Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
Authors: Michael D. Giardina
Subjects: Sociology, Sports and Leisure

In this article, I address some of the emerging debates surrounding the ontological turn in qualitative inquiry. To do so, I highlight recent conversations in the field related to evidence, knowledge and research practices. Framing these conversations as part of a broader ‘methodologically contested present’ within qualitative inquiry, I attend to the ways in which qualitative researchers in the field of sport, exercise and health-related disciplines are pushing these conversations forward.

Sport in Society

Ye Shiwen, collective memory, and the 2012 London Olympic games


Published: Mar 09, 2015 by Sport in Society
Authors: Haozhou Pu and Michael D. Giardina

The idea of ‘collective victimhood’, as a cultural and political identity, has long been cultivated by the state within the construction of Chinese nationalism. Through a case study analysis of Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen at the 2012 London Olympics, the authors examine the cultural pedagogy behind the national production and consumption of such ‘victimhood’ within China.

Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies

Reifying Vitality In & Through the Clinical Gaze of the Neoliberal Fitness Club


Published: Feb 03, 2015 by Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies
Authors: Amber L. Wiest, David L. Andrews, and Michael D. Giardina

In this article, the authors posit that it is imperative to examine what health means to different people so that we can better understand how various articulations of ‘healthy’ (and ‘fit’) manifest in ways that reproduce—or, conversely have the potential to challenge—social inequities and injustices.

Critical Studies in Media Communication

The Spectacle of Disposability


Published: Sep 03, 2014 by Critical Studies in Media Communication
Authors: Kyle S. Bunds, Joshua I. Newman, and Michael D. Giardina

The authors offer a critical analysis of the mediation and commercialization of “bum fighting” (videotaping two or more poverty stricken individuals engaged in low-dollar bloodsport) vis-a-vis what we can learn from these 1) deeply corporeal mediations and 2) radically political public pedagogies. They also consider how these popular media constructs locate certain bodies as abject and thereby disposable.

Sport in Society

social class, masculinity, & cultural citizenship in post-industrial Pittsburgh


Published: Jul 09, 2013 by Sport in Society
Authors: Adam Beissel, Joshua Newman, Michael D. Giardina

Within this article, the authors chronicle the transformation of a city, a region, and a group of people, at once steeped in the hard life of steel production and factory work, now increasingly replaced by non-physical work and suburban lifestyle of the informational economy. As in the decades before, today's Steelers football team certainly operate as a symbolic reminder of the region's identity, framed around the hard work of factory life and industrial manufacturing.

Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies

Articulating Fatness: Obesity and the Scientific Tautologies of Bodily Accumulat


Published: May 02, 2013 by Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies
Authors: Ryan King-White, Joshua Newman, Michael D. Giardina

In this article, we call into question the role that health and bio-sciences have played in constructing and resolving the obesity epidemic.To this end, we draw upon various strands of social and political economic theory to problematize the ways in which obesity studies are at once constrained by (1) the limits of modern science's nomothetic positivism and (2) the broader social, political, and economic formations acting upon researching and researched glut.

Sport in Society

PUMA, corporate philanthropy and the cultural politics of brand 'Africa'


Published: Dec 16, 2009 by Sport in Society
Authors: Michael D. Giardina

This essay addresses lifestyle sport brand PUMA and its recent activist endeavours with respect to ‘Africa’. The author looks at PUMA's transformation-based branding strategy of peace and social justice in which supporters are charged with affecting change themselves in concrete interactions. Likewise, the author discusses the role of Cameroonian footballer Samuel Eto'o and his location to PUMA's mediated efforts and brand footprint on the continent.

International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education

Disciplining qualitative research


Published: Jan 24, 2006 by International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Authors: Norman K. Denzin, Yvonna S. Lincoln, and Michael D. Giardina

In this article, the authors contest methodological fundamentalism, and interrogate the politics of re‐emergent scientism, the place of qualitative research in mixed‐methods experimentalism, and the pragmatic criticisms of anti‐foundationalism. Furthermore, they outline three models of scientifically based research (SBR), and discuss how each is operative within the current historical conjuncture.

Videos

Overview of Research on Sport & Physical Culture

Published: Feb 23, 2017