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‘Representing’ the Voices of Fijian Women Rugby Players: Limits and Potentials of Research as a Transformative Act

Kanemasu, Y. and Molnar, Gyozo ORCID: (2018) ‘Representing’ the Voices of Fijian Women Rugby Players: Limits and Potentials of Research as a Transformative Act. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. ISSN Print: 1012-6902 Online: 1461-7218 (In Press)

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The politics of research practice has been discussed extensively in ethnographic and methodological literature, and increasingly in sport research literature. In this article we intend to contribute to the growing body of transformative research in the sociology of sport with reflections on our experience as dominant group researchers in a post-colonial, sub-cultural sporting environment; women’s rugby union in Fiji. We first examine the dilemmas and uncertainties engendered by our gendered/sexual positionalities and how we have sought to negotiate them. We also place our research in the context of Pacific islanders’ continuous effort for knowledge decolonisation and examine the ways in which our research replicates colonial silencing of local voices, however inadvertently. Finally, we explore the broader transformative potentials researchers may contribute to by situating their work as a collective and dialogic project within and beyond academic exercises, between researchers, athletes and others.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiji, gender/sexuality, postcolonial, transformative research, women’s rugby
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Gyozo Molnar
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2019 11:42
Last Modified: 23 May 2019 13:52

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