Embodied Identity Negotiation Amongst Amateur Boxers and University Footballers
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Sporting sub-culture research has looked at both boxing (Wacquant, 1995a; 1995b; 2004) and football (Parker, 2001) but no scholars have looked at both as a dual prospect. Donnelly and Young (1988) set the benchmark in this corner of research with their model of construction and confirmation of identity amongst rugby players and rock climbers. Similarly, this study looked at the sporting sub-cultures of amateur boxers and university footballers but looked at how members’ bodies were central in the shaping and subsequent maintenance of their identities. This qualitative enquiry boasts an innovative approach to research with the emergence of self-narratives as a tool by which to represent qualitative data (Sparkes, 1999). The uniqueness of this study is that I, the author was able to include my own narratives alongside the sample with the intention of increasing the reader’s awareness of this research through a set of interpretivist paradigmatic lenses. The sample consisted of two amateur boxers and two university footballers and their data was presented in the form of ‘realist tales’ (Sparkes, 2002).
McInch, A. (2009). Embodied Identity Negotiation Amongst Amateur Boxers and University Footballers