Athletes as ‘sites of normative intersectionality’: Critically exploring the ontology of influence in sport coaching.

Nichol, Adam, Hayes, Phil, Vickery, Will, Boocock, Emma, Potrac, Paul and Hall, Edward (2020) Athletes as ‘sites of normative intersectionality’: Critically exploring the ontology of influence in sport coaching. Sociology of Sport Journal. ISSN 0741-1235 (In Press)

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Abstract

Social structure remains an equivocal term in (sport) sociology. Our understandings of its constitution and role in causally influencing behaviour are arguably underdeveloped. Using a critical realist approach, this paper examined how structural entities and reflexive agency combined to influence behaviour in an elite youth cricket context (e.g., athletes, coaches). A methodological bricolage was used to generate data and Elder-Vass' (2007, 2010) theorising provided the principal heuristic device. The analysis illustrated how coaches acted on behalfof norm circles in their attempts to shape dispositions of athletes. In turn, athletes engaged in a process of dialectical iteration between reflexive deliberation and (intersectional) dispositions, which influenced their social action in this organisational context. This study holds significance for researchers and practitioners concerned with social influence.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2020 08:31
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2020 08:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44232

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