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‘Put that in your fucking research’: reflexivity, ethnography and disability sport coaching

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posted on 12.06.2020, 10:42 by Robert C Townsend, Christopher CushionChristopher Cushion
Reflexivity is continually called for as a marker of quality ethnographic research. In this paper we put reflexivity to ‘work’, providing a critical commentary on data generated through ethnographic fieldwork in high-performance disability sport. Drawing on Bourdieu’s reflexive sociology, we situate the ethnographer in the field of disability sport, turning a reflexive lens onto the practices that are associated with occupying the role of coach and researcher simultaneously. We illustrate the centrality of researcher subjectivity – through the reflexive device of ‘crossing fields’ – as a productive resource for examining the social and intellectual unconscious embedded in the process of doing ethnographic research. In so doing, we provide a unique example of how reflexive practice can offer a rigorous, power-conscious reading of an ethnography of high-performance coaching in disability sport.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Qualitative Research

Volume

21

Issue

2

Pages

251 - 267

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The authors

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Publication date

2020-06-10

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1468-7941

eISSN

1741-3109

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Christopher Cushion . Deposit date: 11 June 2020