Using interviews to explore experiences of disability in sport and physical activity

Brighton, J. and Williams, T. (2018) Using interviews to explore experiences of disability in sport and physical activity. In: Medcalf, Richard and Mackintosh, Chris, eds. Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity. Routledge. ISBN 9781138289963

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In this chapter we explore how interviews can be a useful method of qualitative data collection to be used with disabled athletes.

Firstly, we offer a definition of interviews and provide examples of how this method has been used effectively across multiple disciplines within disability sport and physical activity research.

Secondly, we explore how people have been conceptualised as ‘different’ and the models by which disability has been explained and (mis)understood.

Thirdly, we draw upon our own experiences of conducting interviews with research participants who have experienced spinal cord injury (SCI) and have subsequently engaged in disability sport (James) and physical activity for rehabilitation (Toni). In doing so, we reflect on how we were required to challenge assumptions informed by our own non-disabled, sexed and gendered bodies, inviting the reader to learn from these ‘confessions’ in informing their own research practices.

Finally, having provided some of these experiences in the ‘field’, we offer some brief suggestions for taking a more informed, reflexive and empathetic approach to interviewing disabled research participants in sport and physical activity.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: James Brighton
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 11:00
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2018 15:02

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