'They must be working hard' : an (auto-)ethnographic account of women's artistic gymnastics

Barker-Ruchti, Natalie. (2008) 'They must be working hard' : an (auto-)ethnographic account of women's artistic gymnastics. Cultural studies, critical methodologies, Vol. 8, no. 3. pp. 372-380.

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This article includes narrative excerpts compiled from field notes the author collected observing six Australian women's elite artistic gymnasts and their two coaches. Using creative nonfiction and auto-ethnography, the stories' plots describe the gymnasts' daily training realities and include personal reflections on the author's gymnastics experiences and reactions to what she saw during the observations. The stories illustrate how, despite differing levels of authority, the coaches', gymnasts', and parts of her own identity and behaviors are shaped by a dominant gymnastics model. This ideal coerces the coaches and gymnasts to regulate their selves and behaviors according to its dominant characteristics. Although potentially beneficial and satisfactory, the training model's discourses and practices can have debilitating effects.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Sport, Bewegung und Gesundheit > Bereich Sportwissenschaft > Sportwissenschaften (PĆ¼hse)
UniBasel Contributors:Barker-Ruchti, Natalie N
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Sage Publications
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Mar 2012 14:26
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:49

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