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Re-immersing into Elite Swimming Culture: A Meta-Autoethnography by a Former Elite Swimmer


McMahon, J and McGannon, K, Re-immersing into Elite Swimming Culture: A Meta-Autoethnography by a Former Elite Swimmer, Sociology of Sport Journal pp. 1-34. ISSN 0741-1235 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1123/ssj.2016-0134


This paper presents two meta-autoethnographies written by a former elite swimmer. In the first meta-autoethnography, the swimmer revealed doubts in relation to details, emotions and inner-thoughts that she had included in her historical autoethnographic work. As a means of sorting and pondering these tensions and uncertainties, the swimmer explored cultural re-immersion as a possible additional element in the meta-autoethnographic process. The second meta-autoethnography centres on the swimmer’s re-immersion into elite swimming culture. It was revealed how cultural re-immersion enabled the swimmer to better reflect on her historical autoethnographic work by providing a more conscientized, rational and reflexive voice. This research highlights how cultural re-immersion should be considered as an additional element in the meta-autoethnographic process as it benefits both the author and also audience.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Story telling, Reflexivity, Embodiment, Fat, Autoethnography, Culture, Sport.
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:Equity and Access to Education
Author:McMahon, J (Dr Jennifer McMahon)
ID Code:115310
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-03-15
Last Modified:2017-03-22

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