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Men, Sport and Spinal Cord Injury: A Brief Commentary on Identity Dilemmas, Time, and the Narrative Construction of Coherence

Smith, Brett and Sparkes, Andrew C. (2002) Men, Sport and Spinal Cord Injury: A Brief Commentary on Identity Dilemmas, Time, and the Narrative Construction of Coherence. In: Narrative, Memory and Life Transitions. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 145-153.

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      The purpose of this chapter is to present a brief overview of findings to date
      from a research project that focuses on the lived experiences of men in the
      United Kingdom who have experienced spinal cord injury (SCI) through
      playing rugby football union. Three fundamental themes to emerge from the
      data that underpin the SCI experience are discussed. First, drawing on a
      number of analytical concepts provided by others (eg. Charmaz, 1987; Frank,
      1995; Gerschick and Miller, 1995; Leder, 1990), the narrative identity
      dilemmas associated with interrupted body projects for sporting men are
      highlighted. Second, biographical data are utilised to illustrate the ways in
      which time is framed and constructed within the restitution narrative as defined
      by Frank (1995). Third, utilising the principles advocated by Gubrium and
      Holstein (1998), we explore the manner in which coherence is constructed in
      one of the narratives told.
      The methodology underpinning this project has been described in detail
      elsewhere (see Sparkes, 1998; Sparkes and Smith, 1999, in-press). However,
      several points are worth mentioning. The chapter is derived from data collected
      on fourteen Caucasian men who have all been heavily involved in rugby
      football union, and each has experienced a SCI through playing this aggressive
      contact sport. All were involved in confidential, thematic, informal, life history
      interviews conducted in their homes by Brett Smith. All interviews were taperecorded,
      transcribed, and analysed reflexively, utilising multiple types of
      narrative analysis (see Lieblich, Tuval-Maschiach and Zilber, 1998; Sparkes,

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      Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
      R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2009 10:17
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:19


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