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Sporting Identity, Memory, and People with Dementia: Opportunities, Challenges, and Potential for Oral History

Russell, Christopher, Kohe, Geoffery Z., Brooker, Dawn, Evans, Shirley (2019) Sporting Identity, Memory, and People with Dementia: Opportunities, Challenges, and Potential for Oral History. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 36 (13-14). pp. 1157-1179. ISSN 0952-3367. (doi:10.1080/09523367.2019.1703690) (KAR id:80521)


We report on a unique project which utilized oral history methodology undertaken with four people with dementia to explore their sense of identity within the context of their sports/physical activity histories. An oral history approach was advantageous in understanding the values individuals ascribed to sport/physical activities within their contemporary identities and daily lives. Findings and conclusions were made possible that would have been inaccessible using alternative methodological approaches, such as documentary analysis, because the project explored intersections between memory recollection and creation and first-hand experiences of physical praxis. The challenges encountered, and learning points identified from the data are discussed. We posit that when participant and contextual sensitives and sensibilities are adopted (here with a special cohort), oral history may work as an effective method of enabling reflection upon times past for a group of people as yet under-represented in sport history literature. In this way, oral history can enable historical experiences to be brought into the light, enjoyed, scrutinized, and understood.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09523367.2019.1703690
Uncontrolled keywords: Dementia, leisure, sport, phenomenology, identity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Geoffery Kohe
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 16:56 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2022 04:57 UTC
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