The Cultural Turn in Sport Psychology

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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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CONTENTS

Foreword • vii

Patricia Vertinsky

Situating the Cultural Turn in Sport and Exercise Psychology • ix

Tatiana V. Ryba, Robert J. Schinke, and Gershon Tenenbaum

PART I • (RE)PRESENTING SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

1. Sport Psychology and the Cultural Turn:

Notes toward Cultural Praxis. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Tatiana V. Ryba and Handel Kashope Wright

2. Historicizing Sport Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 29

Anthony P. Kontos

3. Sport Psychology and Representation. . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Diane L. Gill and Cindra S. Kamphoff

4. The Narrative Turn in Sport and Exercise Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Brett Smith and Andrew Sparkes

5. Critically Engaging with Sport Psychology Ethics through Cultural Studies: Four Commitments  …………101

Leslee A. Fisher and Allison Daniel Anders

PART II • EMERGENT FIELDS

6. Interrogating Whiteness in Sport Psychology. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Ted M. Butryn

7. Queering Sport Psychology . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

Vikki Krane, Jennifer J. Waldron, Kerrie J. Kauer, and Tamar Z. Semerjian

8. Indigenous Research and Decolonizing Methodologies . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Janice Forsyth and Michael Heine

9. Rethinking Subjectivity in Sport and Exercise Psychology:

A Feminist Post-structuralist Perspective on Women’s

Embodied Physical Activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

Kerry R. McGannon and Rebecca Busanich

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10. Working with Community: Participatory Action Research with/in Wikwemikong . . . . 231

Robert J. Schinke, Duke Peltier, Tatiana V. Ryba, Mary Jo Wabano,

and Mike Wabano

PART III • APPLIED ARENAS

11. Disability in Sport and Exercise Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 259

Tamar Z. Semerjian

12. Professional Culture of Career Assistance to Athletes:

A Look through Contrasting Lenses of Career Metaphors . . . . . . . . . 285

Natalia Stambulova

13. Sexual Abuse in Sport:Implications for the Sport Psychology Profession. .. . 315

Trisha Leahy

14. Narrative Coaching:

A Community Psychological Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335

Reinhard Stelter

15. The Psychology of Extreme Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 363

Holly Thorpe

Reflection on the Culture Turn Methodologies:

A Positivist Perspective—Don’t Say NO until You Learn It • 387

Gershon Tenenbaum

Afterword • 397

C. L. Cole

The Cultural Turn in Sport Psychology "would be an excellent addition to the bookshelf of any sport and exercise psychology professional. This book will expand the minds of young scholars and test the comforts of seasoned scholars. The book as a whole provides immeasurable insight for those hoping to practice informed and inclusive sport and exercise psychology."
-- Association for Applied Sport Psychology Newsletter - Book Review, Volume 26, Issue 2, Summer 2011