‘It stays with you’: Multiple evocative representations of dance and future possibilities for studies in sport and physical cultures

Owton, Helen and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2017) ‘It stays with you’: Multiple evocative representations of dance and future possibilities for studies in sport and physical cultures. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 9 (1). pp. 49-55. ISSN 2159-676X

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This article considers the integration of arts-based representations via poetic narratives together with artistic representation on dancing embodiment so as to continue an engagement with debates regarding multiple forms/representations. Like poetry, visual images are unique and can evoke particular kinds of emotional and visceral responses, meaning that alternative representational forms can resonate in different and powerful ways. In the article, we draw on grandparent-grandchild interactions, narrative poetry, and artistic representations of dance in order to illustrate how arts-based methods might synergise to offer new ways of ‘knowing’ and ‘seeing’. The expansion of the visual arts into interdisciplinary methodological innovations is a relatively new, and sometimes contentious approach, in studies of sport and exercise. We raise concerns regarding the future for more arts-based research in the light of an ever-changing landscape of a neoliberal university culture that demands high productivity in reductionist terms of what counts as ‘output’, often within very restricted time-frames. Heeding feminist calls for ‘slow academies’ that attempt to ‘change’ time collectively, and challenge the demands of a fast-paced audit culture, we consider why it is worth enabling creative and arts-based methods to continue to develop and flourish in studies of sport, exercise and health, despite the mounting pressures to ‘perform’.

Keywords:Sociology, Qualitative research, Sport, Arts-based research, Narratives, Embodiment, Dance, Neoliberalism, Audit culture, Slow scholarship, Performativity
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:23113
Deposited On:11 May 2016 13:48

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