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Traversing ontological dispositions: The intersection between remote Indigenous communities and elite urban-based men's football organisation


Butcher, T and Hallinan, C and Judd, B, Traversing ontological dispositions: The intersection between remote Indigenous communities and elite urban-based men's football organisation, Ethnographies in sport and exercise research, Routledge, G Molnar and L Purdy (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 165-180. ISBN 9781315794457 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2016 Gyozo Molnar and Laura G. Purdy

DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315794457


Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s comment serves to succinctly remind ethnographic researchers that the colonial legacy is difficult to dislodge from those interwoven mechanisms and behaviours that guide contemporary practice. It also assists us in introducing the essence of our contribution to this volume. We are in the midst of undertaking a major ethnographic project that places significant emphasis on reconsidering the usual procedural and theoretical dimensions of fieldwork research concerning Australian Indigenous sports participation. Our aims in this chapter are to set out and explain the historical relations between the people of Papunya and sporting organisations; and to convey the research framework to be put in place to conduct an ethnographic investigation of the relationship that has developed between the remote Aboriginal community of Papunya and the Central Australian Football League (CAFL). Our project aims to understand the ontological dispositions and cultural meanings of Australian Football that are syncretically enacted across and between the intersections of sport in a social system in Central Australia. The primary emphasis of this chapter attends to ethnography issues and frameworks implemented when combining Organisational Studies and Australian sports studies. Secondarily, we briefly address and explain paradigmatic shortcomings pervading the contemporary analysis of Aboriginal participation in Australian football.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:postcolonial research methods, Indigenous research methods, epistemology, ontology, social research methods, organised sports, Remote Aboriginal Communities, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Social ethics
UTAS Author:Butcher, T (Mr Tim Butcher)
ID Code:138543
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2020-04-14
Last Modified:2021-11-15

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