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Narratives and marginalised voices: Storying the sport and physical activity experiences of care-experienced young people

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posted on 30.01.2020, 14:44 authored by Thomas Quarmby, Rachel SandfordRachel Sandford, Oliver HooperOliver Hooper, Rebecca Duncombe
Existing research has so far failed to provide opportunities for the stories of care-experienced young people to be heard, especially regarding their perspectives on sport and physical activity. As such, a key aim of this paper was to showcase the stories of three care-experienced individuals; stories that focus specifically on the role of sport and physical activity in their lives and highlight the complexities of being in care and the challenges they can encounter in this respect. In drawing on the creative analytic practice of creative non-fiction, and adopting the position of storyteller, we seek to present three stories from individuals who each experienced care in their youth but have now left the care system. We argue that these stories can act as valuable pedagogical resources through which the reader can enter into the lived realities of care-experienced young people and better understand how they experience and manage challenging conditions and events. Moreover, in presenting the articulate reflections of these three care leavers, they serve to offer a counter narrative to the dominant discourse of care-experienced young people as troublesome and uneducated, showcasing instead the nuanced lives they each have to navigate.

Funding

British Academy [SG150535]

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health

Volume

13

Issue

3

Pages

426-437

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health on 6 February 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/2159676X.2020.1725099.

Acceptance date

29/01/2020

Publication date

2020-02-06

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

2159-676X

eISSN

2159-6778

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Rachel Sandford. Deposit date: 30 January 2020