Telling Tales in Sport and Physical Activity: A Qualitative Journey

Author: Sparkes, Andrew


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  • ISBN: 9780736031097
  • Author: Sparkes, Andrew
  • Publ Date: 2002-08-01
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  • Pages: 264
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  • Status: O/P
  • ID - 67392

Table of Contents :

Surveying the landscape; scientific tales; realist tales; confessional tales; autoethnography; poetic representations; ethnodrama; fictional representations; different tales and judgement calls.


The aim of this book is to challenge the tried and tested writing styles employed by qualitative researchers of sport and physical activity. The author breaks disciplinary boundaries to move the field into new territory by encouraging qualitative researchers to think of themselves as storytellers, not just scientists. He uses traditional and contemporary styles of writing as examples to introduce the idea that storytelling in different genres will contribute to the understanding and acceptance of sport and physical activity.

Author Biography:

Andrew C. Sparkes, PhD, is a professor of social theory and the director of the Qualitative Research Unit in the School of Health & Sport Sciences at the University of Exeter in Exeter, Devon, England. He earned his doctor of philosophy and bachelor of education from Loughborough University, and his master of arts from Durham University. He has taught qualitative research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students for 12 years. Extensively published, Dr. Sparkes has developed an international reputation as an expert and innovative thinker in qualitative research circles. Sparkes is the editor of "Auto/Biography," a refereed journal of the British Sociological Association Study Group. He serves on the advisory board for "Sport, Education & Society" and is an editorial board member for the "European Physical Education Review, Sociology of Sport On-Line, Agora, " and the "International Journal of Men's Health."


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