Power in coaching

Potrac, Paul and Jones, Robyn L. (2010) Power in coaching. In: The Sociology of Sports Coaching. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 179-186. ISBN 9780203865545

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203865545


Acknowledging the significance of the above quote, the attempt to theorise and understand power has been one of the principal concerns of sociological analysis. Indeed, power is considered an omnipresent feature of social life, with even the most basic interaction being ‘tinged by issues of power differences’ (Snyder & Kiviniemi, 2001: 133). Despite acknowledgement of its pervasiveness, agreement on a common perception of power has not been forthcoming. The purpose of this chapter is to locate some of the conceptualisations of power introduced in Part II within the field of sports coaching. It builds on earlier discussions of coaches’ power and how it is evidenced (e.g., Cassidy et al., 2009; Jones et al., 2004). Some of this previous work has tended to view power as a finite resource, part of a zero-sum game, where one party has power and the other does not (e.g., Jones et al., 2005; Johns & Johns, 2000). It is analogous here to a football game where one team has possession of the ball and the other does not (Westwood, 2002), emphasising notions of repression and coercion, and power as ‘power over’.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
C800 Psychology
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2018 15:42
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 19:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35553

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