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The landscape of cultural sport psychology research is relatively unchartered and this book is one of the first to guide readers in the emergent field. The contributing authors to The Cultural Turn in Sport Psychology are recognized worldwide as leading experts in their respective areas of research. The chapters in this collection examine the impact of the turn to culture on sport and exercise psychology and offer new directions in the theory and practice of psychological research in the field.
The Cultural Turn in Sport Psychology “brings to bear a series of rich insights from cultural studies that demand ways of opening the study of sport psychology to issues of transnational, gendered, and sexual identities; new methodologies; the nature of expertise and professional practice; and the basis of the science of sport psychology itself. In a global world with increasingly complex issues around issues of embodiment and the rapidly changing and expanding nature of the sporting enterprise, these broadened perspectives on sport psychology are both enlightening and valuable.” —from the Foreword by Patricia Vertinsky
“The essays affirm—based on reformulations and reconceptualizations of power, particularly ways of thinking about how power operates in truths, spaces, bodies, and psyches—that there is no way back to social science or positivism as usual. They rethink respectability through academic responsibility, value through the lens of social justice and critiques of normalization, and the future through praxis and resistance. Especially in light of these revisions, the authors see the future of their field—its efficacy, ethics, and value—bound to reimagined social science ideals.” —from the Afterword by C. L. Cole
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