Sam Jarman | Identity | Professional Golf | Self-enquiry | Professional Philosophy | Applied Work

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/jarman/ Many of us start playing sport because we just fall in love with it. However, many athletes who progress to a higher level of competition lose the joy of sport on the way and their sport-life becomes filled with worry and anxiety. This is a phenomenon Sam Jarman has encountered in many athletes heContinue reading “Sam Jarman | Identity | Professional Golf | Self-enquiry | Professional Philosophy | Applied Work”

Dr Anna Kavoura (Pt2) | Gender Discourses | Women’s Martial Arts | Identity

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/kavoura2/ This is the second part of our discussion with Dr Anna Kavoura on how gender informs meaning in sport. In the first part, we explored Anna’s work on intersecting identities in women’s martial arts, as well as her current research project titled “Transforming Gender Boundaries in Sport: An Ethnographic and Participatory Action Research StudyContinue reading “Dr Anna Kavoura (Pt2) | Gender Discourses | Women’s Martial Arts | Identity”

Dr Colum Cronin (Pt2) | Care | Sport Coaching | Feminist Sociology | Phenomenology

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/cronin2/ “Coaches have a duty of care that moves beyond protection and involves the development of caring relationships with athletes”. This is the position advanced by Dr Colum Cronin whose recent work has advanced care theory and research in sport coaching. But what do caring relationships look like and is it realistic to expect thatContinue reading “Dr Colum Cronin (Pt2) | Care | Sport Coaching | Feminist Sociology | Phenomenology”

Dr Anna Kavoura (Pt1) | Gender | Discourse | Femininity | Non-binary Athletes | Alternative Meanings

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/kavoura/ Sport is a very gendered institution. Although there has been a lot of effort to tackle gender-based inequalities in the past few decades, a lot of work remains to be done. This episode explores how gender informs meaning in sport. How does gender identity intersect with athletic identity? What discourses are dominant in sportingContinue reading “Dr Anna Kavoura (Pt1) | Gender | Discourse | Femininity | Non-binary Athletes | Alternative Meanings”

Dr Michael McDougall (Pt2) | Meaningful Work | Sport Organisations | Culture Change | Management of Meaning

https://paresearcher.podbean.com/e/mcdougall2/ The second part of our episode with Dr Michael McDougall focuses on culture, meaningful work and management of meaning. While it is very intuitive to think that aiming to create more meaningful work (or sport) is a worthy goal in organisations, so-called ‘management of meaning’ can be problematic in many levels. Our guest willContinue reading “Dr Michael McDougall (Pt2) | Meaningful Work | Sport Organisations | Culture Change | Management of Meaning”

Sport, Happiness, Meaning and ‘the Good Life’

Philosophers throughout history have sought to understand what constitutes a good life. Two candidates often rise above the others: happiness and meaning. Happiness can be understood in many different ways. Psychologists have recently taken interest in the philosophical debates on the difference between hedonia and eudaimonia, that are often understood as two different conceptions ofContinue reading “Sport, Happiness, Meaning and ‘the Good Life’”

On finding or losing our (athletic) self

Different strands of psychology and philosophy have ended up with different conclusions about the importance of ‘finding’ or ‘constructing’ a coherent and strong identity, or a sense of who we are. Should we develop this strong identity, or realise that identity and self are illusions that distort our view of the nature of reality? AndContinue reading “On finding or losing our (athletic) self”