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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: (2020) ‘Representing’ the Voices of Fijian Women Rugby Players: Limits and Potentials of Research as a Transformative Act. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 55 (4). pp. 399-415. ISSN Print: 1012-6902 Online: 1461-7218

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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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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published online by SAGE Publications in International Review for the Sociology of Sport on 21 July 2019, available online: Copyright © 2019 by International Sociology of Sport Association and SAGE Publications.
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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Fiji, gender/sexuality, postcolonial, transformative research, women’s rugby
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Győző Molnár
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2019 11:42
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2020 11:09

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