Research Methodologies for Sport Scholarship

Skinner, James, and Engelberg, Terry (2018) Research Methodologies for Sport Scholarship. Sport in the Global Society: contemporary perspectives . Routledge, Abingdon, UK.

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When investigating the diverse, complex and changing contemporary field of sport, we recognize there is no methodology that meets the needs of all sport. Sport researchers should take advantage of innovative approaches from other fields to explore emerging phenomena or innovatively advance scholarly sport research approaches. For example, technology, globalization and commercialization may be the principal trends, but they are not the only trends, Sport researchers have the opportunity to study other trends, including the modernization of sport organizations, changing governance practices, regulatory changes, innovation, merchandising, media and broadcasting technologies, socio demographic influences (i.e. aging populations, change in employment patterns, increasing diversity), sport for development, physical activity and sport participation changes. As such, this book introduces innovative research methods and approaches can be applied to the sport discipline.

Research Statement

Research Background The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.
Research Contribution The chapters in this volume represent a cross section of sport research predominantly drawn from the qualitative paradigm. This perhaps represents a departure from historical quantitative trends and a desire to seeks deeper meaning and a greater understanding of the research issue under investigation.
Research Significance This edited collection brings together contributions from several sport social science research disciplines including sport management, sport sociology, sport philosophy, sport psychology, sport politics and sport governance and policy. As such, it makes a significant contribution to research in sport as a whole.
Item ID: 53720
Item Type: Book (Edited)
ISBN: 978-1-138-58832-5
Keywords: sport; research methods; quantitative methods; qualitative methods
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Chapter 6 of this book has also been published as Hutchinson, Brendan, Moston, Stephen, and Engelberg, Terry (2018) Social validation: a motivational theory of doping in an online bodybuilding community. Sport in Society, 21 (2). pp. 260-282 and is available through ResearchOnline at the related URL.

Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 01:41
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17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology @ 35%
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