With ethnographic methods key for action sport researchers, many are approaching the field with pre-existing cultural participation, knowledge and relationships. The complexities of researching from an “insider” perspective have inspired debates amongst scholars about validity, reflexivity and power in action sports cultures, as well as in research methods. Addressing issues of reflexivity in subjective and analytical isolation is difficult. This chapter discusses a collaborative research ‘moment’ in which seven researchers took part in the same ethnographic field visit to a surfbreak. In an exploratory way, the project sought to explore the potential of collaborative approaches to fieldwork for accessing multiple geographical and subjective perspectives in the field. This chapter focuses on the ‘dynamic tensions’ that emerged through the research process, and how these were productive in revealing difficult to locate and invisible positionalities that may impact our capacity to make sense and meaning of our observations and experiences as participants, observers and researcher’s.
|Title of host publication||Women in Action Sport Cultures|
|Editors||Holly Thorpe, Rebecca Olive|
|Place of Publication||London UK|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|