Chapter 9 Autoethnography: Situating Personal Sporting Narratives in Socio-Cultural Contexts

  • Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
  • January 2012, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/s1476-2854(2012)0000006012

Autoethnography and personal narratives in sport and physical cultures

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Abstract Purpose To introduce autoethnography as an innovative research approach within sport and physical culture, and consider its key tenets, strengths and weaknesses. For illustrative purposes, the chapter draws upon two specific autoethnographic research projects on distance running, one collaborative and one solo. Findings Key findings of two research projects are presented, cohering around issues of identity construction and identity work, together with lived body and sensory experiences of distance running. Originality/value The chapter provides a succinct introduction to the use of autoethnography in sport and physical culture, for those unfamiliar with the genre. The author also suggests an innovative variation - autophenomenography.

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