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Sporting Identity, Memory and People with Dementia: Opportunities, challenges and potential for oral history

Russell, Christopher ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5165-9700, Brooker, Dawn ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8636-5147 and Evans, Shirley ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6158-1433 (2019) Sporting Identity, Memory and People with Dementia: Opportunities, challenges and potential for oral history. The International Journal of the History of Sport. ISSN Print: 0952-3367 Online: 1743-9035 (In Press)

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Abstract

We report on a unique project which utilised oral history methodology undertaken with four people with dementia to explore their sense of identity within the context of their sports/physical activity histories. An oral history approach was advantageous in understanding the values individuals ascribed to sport/physical activities within their contemporary identities and daily lives. Findings and conclusions were made possible that would have been inaccessible using alternative methodological approaches, such as documentary analysis, because the project explored intersections between memory recollection and creation and first-hand experiences of physical praxis. The paper presents the underpinning research and summarises the use of oral history methodology. The challenges encountered, and learning points identified from the data are discussed. The paper argues that when participant and contextual sensitives and sensibilities are adopted (here with a specialist cohort), oral history may work as an effective method of enabling reflection upon times past for a group of people as yet under-represented in sport history literature. In this way oral history can enable historical experiences to be brought into the light, enjoyed, scrutinised and understood.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, leisure, sport, phenomenology, identity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions (2019 onwards) > College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Christopher Russell
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2019 09:37
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 09:37
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8749

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