A confessional representation of ethnographic fieldwork in an academy sport setting

Bowles, H., Fleming, S. and Parker, A. (2021) A confessional representation of ethnographic fieldwork in an academy sport setting. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. ISSN 0891-2416

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Methodological ‘confessions’ are an established genre of ethnographic writing and have contributed to the development of reflexivity in the practice of qualitative research. Yet despite their prevalence, methodological reflections on the specific challenges of conducting ethnography in institutional sport settings have not been developed. The aim of this article, therefore, is to provide a confessional representation of ethnographic fieldwork in a male academy sport environment in the UK which exhibited several institutional characteristics. Five images are used as stimuli for further methodological reflection in order to illustrate and analyse some practical, ethical and relational qualities of ethnographic fieldwork. The interpretation and analysis draws attention to strategic ways ethnographers adapt their ethnographic presence in response to specific contextual challenges and constraints. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations to guide ethnographic fieldworkers (especially novice ethnographers) in settings of a similar nature.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021 SAGE. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Fieldwork, confession, cricket, academy, sport
Divisions: Research and Innovation Centre
Depositing User: Scott Fleming
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2021 09:57
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2021 12:49
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/812

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