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Slim to Win: an ethnodrama of three elite swimmers' 'presentation of self' in relation to a dominant cultural ideology

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McMahon, JA and McGannon, KR and Zehntner, C, Slim to Win: an ethnodrama of three elite swimmers' 'presentation of self' in relation to a dominant cultural ideology, Sociology of Sport Journal, 34, (2) pp. 108-123. ISSN 0741-1235 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017 Human Kinetics, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1123/ssj.2015-0166

Abstract

Ethnodrama combined with Goffman's 'presentation of self' is used to explore three elite swimmers' 'presentation of self' in relation to the dominant ideology of 'slim to win'. The 'presentation of self' of three swimmers is presented and analyzed according to their front stage (e.g., posting of specific images; direct media quotes) and backstage (e.g., an autoethnographic representation) performances. Goffman's concepts of expressions 'given' and 'given off' are used to highlight how the ideology comes to be presented to others and whether the swimmer negotiates and/or contests it. As an analysis and representation, ethnodrama affords the opportunity to reveal the extent an athlete may go to to avoid a failing 'presentation of self' in relation to 'slim to win,' highlighting potential health effects (e.g., physical, emotional).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:swimming, social media, creative analytical practices, theatrical script, evocative autoethnography
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other Education
Research Field:Education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Author:McMahon, JA (Dr Jennifer McMahon)
Author:Zehntner, C (Mr Chris Zehntner)
ID Code:106886
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-02-25
Last Modified:2017-09-18
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