A COACH’S ROLE AND POWER FROM A 'CAPITAL' PERSPECTIVE
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This study builds upon existing socio-cultural research into sports coaching by highlighting the complexities and dynamics that are omnipresent in the social world of coaching. The study specifically utilises semi-structured interviews, exploring the social and interactive character of coaching. The paper investigates the concept of 'capital' and how it relates to the current ambiguous coaching environment. The data is presented through the use of three progressive yet inter-related vignettes. Goffman’s (1959) work on presentation of self and impression management as well as Foucault’s (1979) and Bourdieu’s (1977) work on capital, are presented as useful theoretical frameworks. Theoretically the conceptual tools of Bourdieu, Foucault and Goffman where utilised as a propitious means to illuminate the research data.
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