Making the case for poetic representations: An example in action

A Sparkes, K Douglas

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    As part of the emergence of new writing practices in the social sciences, qualitative researchers have begun to harness the potential of poetic representations as a means of analyzing social worlds and communicating their findings to others. To date, however, this genre has received little attention in sport psychology. The purpose of this article, therefore, is to raise awareness and generate discussion about poetic representations. First, the potential benefits of using this genre are outlined. Next, based on interview data from a study that explored the motivations of elite female golfers, the process of constructing a poetic representation about the experiences of one of the participants is described. The products of this endeavor and the reactions of various audiences to it are then presented. Finally, the issue of judging poetic representations is discussed.
    Translated title of the contributionMaking the case for poetic representations: An example in action
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSport Psychologist
    Volume21 (2)
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


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