Kitchin, Paul James and Howe, P. David (2013) How can the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu assist sport management research? Sport Management Review12 pp, DOI: 10.1016/j.smr.2012.09.003 [Internet publication]
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Currently there are some key issues that highlight the negative underbelly of sport and of those who manage it. Entrenched gender and racial inequality, corruption, and the marginalization of individuals and groups from organized sport suggest that the study of sport management requires a wider social and ethical dimension to its analyses. In attempting to develop critical research into sport management we ask how can the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu assist sport management research? This paper explicates the benefits of Bourdieu to sport management by suggesting a dynamic, relational approach to the implementation of his practice theory. We introduce the foundations of his opus and review their previous application in the study of organized sport. Drawing on these concepts we recommend adopting a longitudinal, critical, and ethnographic approach for a more nuanced understanding of how complex phenomena impact on the management of sport. This paper presents conceptual and methodological implications in conjunction with a call for further research to increase our critical understanding of sport management.
|Item Type:||Internet publication|
|Keywords:||Bourdieu, practice-theory, social capital, organizational field, organizational habitus, ethnography|
|Faculties and Schools:||Faculty of Life and Health Sciences|
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
|Research Institutes and Groups:||Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute|
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Social Sciences of Sport
|Deposited By:||Mr Paul Kitchin|
|Deposited On:||21 Nov 2012 10:30|
|Last Modified:||12 Jun 2013 09:32|
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