EXPLORING THE IMPACTS OF PERSONAL BAGGAGE ON COACHING CONTEXTS
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This study explores the life history and experiences of an ambitious runner, Susan (a pseudonym), to get a sense of the personal baggage she brings into her training sessions. The method used to explore Susan’s experiences took her subjectivity as seriously as possible (read Dennett, 2003). Susan’s phenomenological experiences form narratives that the reader is asked to subjectively engage with and reflect upon, in relevance to their own coaching world. In trying to theoretically explain Susan’s experiences, formation of baggage, and how they contribute to her coaching context, Bourdieu’s work, particularly habitus was drawn upon. However, Bourdieu (1990) states that social worlds cannot be reduced to either social physics or phenomenology; more than just phenomenological experience was needed. Bourdieu’s position is that phenomenology must reflect relationship to a familiar environment. In particular, Goffman’s work on social spaces was employed, from an embodied perspective, to include the considerations of the external familiar environments. It was the negotiations between these, habitus and social space, which formed the central focus of exploration. From this, what emerged were suggestions of casual links between Susan’s personal baggage and her coaching context.
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