Power in Coaching – An Autoethnography from the perspective of an International Athlete
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study builds on existing research on social power through the practise of sports coaching through a constant Bourdieusian lens. This study uses the qualitative research method autoethnography, to investigate the way in which I felt my social power as an athlete changed when entering different social environments. The effects of these different environments are portrayed around two critical incidents relived through two separate stories. The stories, 'A Taste of Reality' and 'Big fish, small pond' are both focused on my emotions felt as an athlete regarding two specific moments and how the previous environments I had operated within had created a distorted opinion of what I felt was the norm. Although both stories hold value on their own, they are more valuable when analysed together. Both stories share similar issues of social power; more appropriately Bourdieu’s notions of 'habitus', 'capital' and 'field'. Applying Bourdieu’s social theories helps both myself as the researcher, and also the reader, understand why I felt the emotions that I did during and after the conflicts discussed in both the stories. The discussion featured in this study helps connect the two separate stories and the conflicts faced within them together. The conclusion summarises the findings of the project as a whole and evaluates the use of autoethnography as a means of understanding and making sense of the study. This study would align with current sociological studies on power and could be used as a reference point for anyone (not just coaches and athletes) with an interest in either autoethnography or the dynamics of social power.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT COACHING
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