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Research on the run: moving methods and the charity ‘thon’


Palmer, C, Research on the run: moving methods and the charity thon', Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 8, (3) pp. 225-236. ISSN 2159-6778 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/2159676X.2015.1129641


This article explores the growing popularity of charity sporting events or ‘thons’ as an emergent fitness practice. To do this, I locate my analysis within a discussion of the emergent trend towards moving methods in sport and physical cultural studies research. Reflecting on some of the methodological challenges and theoretical conundrums that arose from my involvement as a runner-researcher in a qualitative research project that used a GoPro™ camera to capture the experiences of participating in the Mother’s Day Classic; a major fundraising event for breast cancer research and education in Australia, the article engages with broader theoretical and methodological debates as to the application of moving methods in sport and physical cultural studies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:charity sporting events, sport and physical cultural studies research
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Arts and Leisure
Objective Field:Recreation
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
ID Code:105544
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-07
Last Modified:2019-02-15

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