Breathing in life: phenomenological perspectives on sport and exercise

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2016) Breathing in life: phenomenological perspectives on sport and exercise. In: Routledge handbook of qualitative research in sport and exercise. Routledge. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Some critics have accused philosophical phenomenology of being dry, abstract and ‘airy fairy’, whereas for many phenomenologists, it is anything but - revealing ‘earthy’, sweaty, fleshy, sensuous corporealities. The purpose of this chapter is to explore some of the ways in which phenomenology as methodology has challenged, and can be applied to challenge, taken-for-granted assumptions, and to generate rich, evocative and detailed insights into the domain of sport and exercise studies. Although usually termed the phenomenological ‘method’, this is meant as much more than a particular method, such as interviewing or documentary analysis, and more as a weltanschauung – a whole way of seeing (and otherwise sensing) the world. The chapter addresses: 1) what is phenomenology? - a brief overview for those unfamiliar with the principal tenets; 2) phenomenology as ‘method’? - a description of the phenomenological ‘method’/methodology; 3) why use phenomenology? – its strengths and weaknesses; and 4) future directions for phenomenology: an example of a new empirical phenomenological form: autophenomenography (Allen-Collinson, 2011).

Keywords:Sociological phenomenology, Sociology, phenomenology, Sport, Exercise, Qualitative research, Methodology, Autophenomenography
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:23772
Deposited On:22 Aug 2016 08:21

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