chapter  6
15 Pages

Feminist ethnography and physical culture

Towards reflexive, political, and collaborative methods
WithRebecca Olive, Holly Thorpe

Feminist research has been important in making visible and advocating against the structural and cultural inequalities that women and others face as a consequence of male dominated social, economic, and political histories. Olive Rebecca has experienced many similarly challenging interactions while conducting participant-observations in her local community, both online and in the waves. Reflexivity and positionality are often negotiated as lone acts, yet continuing to approach them alone is perhaps another case of the way "many scholars of sport have ignored debates concerning power, authorship, and the other". In the three cases presented herein, corporeal considerations are central whether that is through reflexive negotiations of perceived failures, research collaborations developed in a politics of relation to other researchers, the field, literature, and the issues, or an embodied approach to spatialized researcher subjectivities that help develop relational, ethical, and accessible ways of communicating. These practices are driven by feminist theory and politics to centralize ethics throughout our research processes.