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Negotiation and Capital: Athletes’ Use of Power in an Elite Men’s Rowing Program.

Purdy, Laura, Jones, R.L. and Cassidy, T.G. (2009) Negotiation and Capital: Athletes’ Use of Power in an Elite Men’s Rowing Program. Sport, Education and Society, 14 (3). pp. 321-338. ISSN 1357-3322

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The aim of this paper is to examine how power is given, acquired and used by athletes in the elite sporting context. It focuses on a top-level athlete’s reactions to the behaviors of his coaches and how such actions contribute to the creation of a coaching climate, which both influences and ‘houses’ coaching (Cushion & Jones, 2006). The paper centres on Sean (a pseudonym), a top-level rower and his preparation for crew selection to the upcoming international regatta season. Specifically, it illustrates Sean’s interaction with those responsible for a national rowing programme following his decision not to participate in an aspect of that programme. Sean’s story, from both his own and the perspectives of his coaches, is presented using a variation of realist tales which draw upon excerpts from field-notes and interview transcripts. Bourdieu’s (1989) notion of capital is primarily utilized to analyze the data. Findings demonstrate how the various aspects of capital are defined, used and negotiated by social actors within the context of elite sport. The significance of the work lies in generating a greater understanding of power dynamics within the coaching context.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: social power, coaching, 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 09:08
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:56

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