Athlete, anthropologist and advocate: moving towards a lifeworld where difference is celebrated
journal contributionposted on 06.04.2018, 08:21 by David Howe
This paper is a call to scholars working within the sport studies researching the Paralympic communitas, to embrace the use of reflexive ethnography. The nature of ethnographic research places the social scientist in a privileged position. On the one hand there is a need to transfer knowledge to the academic community but on the other this should not occur as a result of the exploitation of the people under investigation. Using a reflexive historical ethnographic vignette as a starting point this paper highlights how our past embodied interactions, with the lifeworld can impact upon the shape and colour of the lens in which we view it. Ultimately this paper argues that by adopting a phenomenological stance we can gain a better understanding of the degree to our body as a vessel for data collection can enhance our understand of the cultural milieu surrounding the Paralympic movement.
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences