Dialogue, monologue, and boundary crossing within research encounters: a performative narrative analysis

Smith, Brett and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Phoenix, Cassandra and Brown, David and Sparkes, Andrew (2009) Dialogue, monologue, and boundary crossing within research encounters: a performative narrative analysis. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 7 (3). pp. 342-359. ISSN 1612-197X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2009.9671914

Abstract

Drawing on qualitative sports research, we present two stories in this article to explore how researchers may orient to boundaries within research encounters and perform boundary crossing and re-crossings. The performative narrative analysis of the stories highlights the fluidly shifting dynamics of sustaining and crossing boundaries and how this ongoing process is shaped by dialogical and monological relations. Through our analysis, we suggest that questions concerning “how close is too close” to research participants and “how far is too far” from them are neither simple nor straightforward. These questions are complex and shift in time and space, ebbing and flowing, as people move between merging and unmerging, self-sufficiency and non-self-sufficiency, and finalizing and unfinalizing practices that colonize and de-colonize. Some reflections on what might be learned from theories of dialogue and boundary crossings within the domain of sport and exercise psychology in relation to colonizing practices, empathy, and claiming the final work are provided.

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Additional Information:Drawing on qualitative sports research, we present two stories in this article to explore how researchers may orient to boundaries within research encounters and perform boundary crossing and re-crossings. The performative narrative analysis of the stories highlights the fluidly shifting dynamics of sustaining and crossing boundaries and how this ongoing process is shaped by dialogical and monological relations. Through our analysis, we suggest that questions concerning “how close is too close” to research participants and “how far is too far” from them are neither simple nor straightforward. These questions are complex and shift in time and space, ebbing and flowing, as people move between merging and unmerging, self-sufficiency and non-self-sufficiency, and finalizing and unfinalizing practices that colonize and de-colonize. Some reflections on what might be learned from theories of dialogue and boundary crossings within the domain of sport and exercise psychology in relation to colonizing practices, empathy, and claiming the final work are provided.
Keywords:Sports research, Narrative analysis, Sports psychology, Sport and exercise psychology, Decolonizing practices, qualitative research
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6235
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:21 Sep 2012 20:23
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 18:38

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