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Power, Consent and Resistance: an Autoethnography of Competitive Rowing

Purdy, Laura, Potrac, P. and Jones, R.L. (2008) Power, Consent and Resistance: an Autoethnography of Competitive Rowing. Sport, Education and Society, 13 (3). pp. 319-336. ISSN 1357-3322

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This study builds upon existing socio-cultural work into sports coaching by probing the meanings
and varieties of the shared coachathlete experience. Specifically, the paper utilises an autoethnographic
approach in an attempt to chart the complex and dynamic relationship that existed
between me, the principal author, as a rowing coxswain and my coach during the preparation for a
national rowing championship. Data were drawn from a training diary, emails (both sent and
received) and memories during the six months I spent with Coach. The data are presented through
three separate yet inter-related stories. Here, the plot of the tale hinges on the tension between my personal perceptions of effective coaching and those employed by Coach. The findings are principally theorised through Nyberg’s and Giddens’ concepts of power and resistance, as a fruitful relationship between Coach and me (and the crew) soon turned into a dysfunctional one. The conclusion emphasises the importance of recognising the power-ridden nature of coaching and the value of the autoethnographic genre in exploring it.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: autoethnography, coaching, power, rowing, sport
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Laura Purdy
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2012 09:00
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:56

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