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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, 34, (3) pp. 223-234. ISSN 0741-1235 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Sociology of Sports Journal, 2017, © 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc.

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:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:McMahon, J (Associate Professor Jennifer McMahon)
ID Code:115310
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-03-15
Last Modified:2018-11-12
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