Surfing together: exploring the potential of a collaborative ethnographic moment

Rebecca Olive, Holly Thorpe, Georgina Roy, Mihi Nemani, lisahunter, Belinda Wheaton, Barbara Humberstone

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen in Action Sport Cultures
EditorsHolly Thorpe, Rebecca Olive
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781137457974
ISBN (Print)9781137457967
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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