Disability sport and activist identities: A qualitative study of narratives of activism among elite athletes’ with impairment

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620279
Title:
Disability sport and activist identities: A qualitative study of narratives of activism among elite athletes’ with impairment
Authors:
Smith, Brett; Bundon, Andrea; Best, Melanie
Abstract:
Objectives Sport and exercise psychology has recently expanded into how it can be utilized to enable social missions like activism. No research, however, has examined activist identities among disabled, elite athletes. This article is the first to engage with this new and complex issue by examining narratives of activism amongst elite athletes with impairment and their adoption/rejection of various activist identities. Methods Thirty-six people were recruited using maximum variation and criterion-based purposive sampling strategies. Data was collected using interviews and fieldwork observations (e.g., observation and social media material). The large data set was rigorously analyzed using a narrative thematic analysis. Results All participants adopted an athletic identity and an athletic activist identity. A small group also adopted a political activist identity that was concerned with challenging disablism. The athletes’ reasons for adopting or eschewing activist identities are identified and connections made to organizational stressors, interpellation, feeling, emotional regulation, narrative, habitus, health and wellbeing. Also revealed is the impact that sporting retirement had on activist identity construction. Conclusions The article makes a novel research contribution by revealing two different activist identities within the context of disability sport and what social functions each identity might serve. It also significantly develops knowledge by revealing various organizational stressors experienced by disabled athletes, the importance of embodied feelings and emotional regulation in activist identity construction, the damage that social oppression can have on wellbeing following sporting retirement, and the positive possibilities retiring may have for developing different identities. Practical suggestions are as well offered.
Citation:
Disability sport and activist identities: A qualitative study of narratives of activism among elite athletes’ with impairment 2016, 26:139 Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Issue Date:
Sep-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620279
DOI:
10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.07.003
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1469029216300838
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1469-0292
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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Bretten
dc.contributor.authorBundon, Andreaen
dc.contributor.authorBest, Melanieen
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-14T14:53:44Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-14T14:53:44Z-
dc.date.issued2016-09-
dc.identifier.citationDisability sport and activist identities: A qualitative study of narratives of activism among elite athletes’ with impairment 2016, 26:139 Psychology of Sport and Exerciseen
dc.identifier.issn1469-0292en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.07.003-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620279-
dc.description.abstractObjectives Sport and exercise psychology has recently expanded into how it can be utilized to enable social missions like activism. No research, however, has examined activist identities among disabled, elite athletes. This article is the first to engage with this new and complex issue by examining narratives of activism amongst elite athletes with impairment and their adoption/rejection of various activist identities. Methods Thirty-six people were recruited using maximum variation and criterion-based purposive sampling strategies. Data was collected using interviews and fieldwork observations (e.g., observation and social media material). The large data set was rigorously analyzed using a narrative thematic analysis. Results All participants adopted an athletic identity and an athletic activist identity. A small group also adopted a political activist identity that was concerned with challenging disablism. The athletes’ reasons for adopting or eschewing activist identities are identified and connections made to organizational stressors, interpellation, feeling, emotional regulation, narrative, habitus, health and wellbeing. Also revealed is the impact that sporting retirement had on activist identity construction. Conclusions The article makes a novel research contribution by revealing two different activist identities within the context of disability sport and what social functions each identity might serve. It also significantly develops knowledge by revealing various organizational stressors experienced by disabled athletes, the importance of embodied feelings and emotional regulation in activist identity construction, the damage that social oppression can have on wellbeing following sporting retirement, and the positive possibilities retiring may have for developing different identities. Practical suggestions are as well offered.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1469029216300838en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Psychology of Sport and Exerciseen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectPara-sporten
dc.subjectActivist identityen
dc.subjectNarrativeen
dc.subjectAffecten
dc.subjectRetirementen
dc.titleDisability sport and activist identities: A qualitative study of narratives of activism among elite athletes’ with impairmenten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalPsychology of Sport and Exerciseen
dc.date.accepted2016-07-05-
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