Gatekeepers, agency and rhetoric: an academic’s reflexive ethnography of ‘doing’ a (failed) adaptive CrossFit project

Campbell, Natalie ORCID: 0000-0003-3859-6607 (2019) Gatekeepers, agency and rhetoric: an academic’s reflexive ethnography of ‘doing’ a (failed) adaptive CrossFit project. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. pp. 1-19. ISSN 2159-676X (In Press)

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Abstract

Individuals become activists to affirm both themselves and their vision of the world, often prompted to action by seeking out complementary individuals, groups or organisations that can help organise, research, and promote solutions to shared problems. A gap exists between research and practice within the field of disability sport and adaptive physical activity. In particular, the academy is failing to produce research that demonstrates what, how and why theory and practice can become misaligned and problematic. This novel and needed paper is a reflexive ethnography detailing my struggles to pilot a local adaptive CrossFit project to the disabled community due to unforeseen challenges with gatekeepers, stripping of agency and academic rhetoric. A narrative is included with the hope of revealing social processes outside and within the field of disability sport and adaptive physical activity and to provoke discussion regarding problems with choice, advocacy and agency.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CrossFit; Reflexivity; Prac-ademic; Disability; Ethnography; Gatekeepers; Narrative
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport and Exercise > Applied Sport & Exercise Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2019 12:49
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2019 09:45
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/7072

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