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Playing Nostalgic Language Games in Sport Research: Conceptual Considerations and Methodological Musings

Kohe, Geoffery Z., Purdy, Laura G., Hughes, Chris (2019) Playing Nostalgic Language Games in Sport Research: Conceptual Considerations and Methodological Musings. Quest, . ISSN 0033-6297. E-ISSN 1543-2750. (doi:10.1080/00336297.2019.1578246) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

As researchers interested in social aspects of sport, we enmesh ourselves in the work of memory, (re)membering and forms of ‘capturing’ sport and sport experiences. While nostalgia is at play in these social constructions of sport, for researchers we contend that the concept of nostalgia can prove devious. In this paper, we illustrate the social significance afforded to nostalgic experiences or events, and consider their representation in social sciences sport research. We develop and apply arguments concerning the senses, nostalgia, and language in line with the ‘abilities’ view of concepts. The consequences of nostalgia can, we contend, be underplayed, taken for granted and/or ignored by sport researchers in ways that curtail more critical readings of sport phenomena. Our purpose is to interrogate the construction and a/effects of nostalgia as hidden/implicit/latent and heuristic. We advocate methodological critique that addresses the elusive, apparent, ‘capturable’ and confusing nature of nostalgia within sport research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00336297.2019.1578246
Uncontrolled keywords: Nostalgia, qualitative research, sport, memory, methodology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Geoffery Kohe
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2019 10:44 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:52 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72106 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kohe, Geoffery Z.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6683-6669
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