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Participatory research in sport for development: Complexities, experiences and (missed) opportunities

Participatory research in sport for development: Complexities, experiences and (missed) opportunities

Publication type

Journal Articles

Publisher

Sport Management Review

Year

2017

In this paper, the authors examine how participatory research can be conceptualised and fostered in sport-for-development (SfD).

Researchers Ramón Spaaij, Nico Schulenkorf, Ruth Jeanes and Sarah Oxford offer a conceptualisation of participatory research that centres on the interplay between three dimensions: participation, power and reflexivity.

Drawing on variegated experiences with SfD research across different geographical locations, the authors scrutinise the conceptual and empirical linkages between these dimensions, and how these linkages are influenced by structures of authority. Findings suggest that most SfD research falls short with regard to the critical challenge of embracing and delivering high degrees of participation, power shifting, and reflexivity.

More specifically, SfD researchers typically fail to relinquish power and control over the research process. The SfD research community would likely benefit from greater inclusivity and collaboration when designing creative ways to improve this state of affairs.

The authors conclude by reflecting on the implications and by suggesting ways to promote participatory and activist research in SfD contexts.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 12:11

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