IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION IN UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL THROUGH THE STORIED LENS; A MICRO-ETHNOGRAPHIC APPROACH
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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My goal with this study was to provide an insight into university basketball in Wales using the storied lens of a fictional narrative while also evaluating the findings against Donnelly and Young's (1988) identity construction model. A micro-multi-method ethnographic approach was selected, and data was collected over 4 months through interviews, observation and an ethnographic diary before being analysed. The data was first analysed thematically in order to construct the fictional narrative before being evaluated against Donnelly and Young's model. The fictional narrative provides an 'expression of reality' in combination with 'impact' in order to engage with the reader and provide a colourful insight into the subculture of the team (Richardson, 2000). Donnelly and Young's (1988) model of identity construction remains robust and useful to the social researcher investigating identity construction, although there are always improvements which can be made. Finally, the paper offers some interesting discussion upon relevant aspects of identity and subculture before identifying some potential future research in American football.
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