Seeing the world of physical culture: The potential of visual methods for qualitative research in sport & exercise
Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise
Taylor & Francis
Adopting visual methods can enhance our understanding of the social world. By encompassing a multitude of forms including photographs, videos, maps, diagrams, symbols and so forth, images can provide specific information about our existence. They can also act as powerful indicators regarding the multiple meanings embedded within our culture. One domain where the use of visual methods has been less well documented is that of physical culture. Physical culture is taken here to mean human physical movement occurring within recognised cultural domains such as sport, dance and, more broadly, outdoor and indoor recreational activities involving expression through physicality. Opening this special edition of Qualitative Research in Sport & Exercise on ‘Visual Methods and Physical Culture, I provide some broad responses to the following questions: What are visual methods? Why might they be useful? How can they be utilised? I then outline some ongoing debates within the field surrounding issues of interpretation, representation, and ethics. I conclude by positioning this special edition as a resource to assist with the continued use of visual methods in physical culture.
This is a postprint of an article published in Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 2010, 2(2), 93-108 © 2010 copyright Taylor & Francis. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rqrs21
Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 2010, Vol. 2, Issue 2, pp. 93 - 108