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A Cultural Perspective on Growth Following Adversity: Using Autobiography to Understand Addiction Recovery through Sport


McGannon, KR and McMahon, J and L'Estrange, M, A Cultural Perspective on Growth Following Adversity: Using Autobiography to Understand Addiction Recovery through Sport, Growth Following Adversity in Sport, Routledge, R Wadey, M Day, & K Howells (ed), London, pp. 75-87. ISBN 9780367223816 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781003058021


Within this chapter a relativist and social constructionist approach to ‘culture’ is drawn on to advocate for studying autobiographies as cultural sites in relation to the role of sport in alcohol and drug addiction recovery. The central purpose of this chapter is to make the case for adding athlete autobiographies of substance addiction recovery as a form of post-traumatic growth to expand theoretical, methodological and topic understandings. This purpose is accomplished by drawing on research on narrative and autobiography in sport, and critical addiction studies research. Addiction meanings and recovery capital are first outlined to set the stage for the need for research focusing on addiction recovery through sport. Narrative inquiry tenets are then put forward as a theoretical possibility in which to ground the study of athlete autobiographies as cultural stories to expand understanding of the role of sport in addiction recovery as post-traumatic growth. Two central future research implications for studying autobiographies as cultural sites are provided: a focus on recreational athlete and elite athlete autobiographies and exploring the pedagogical possibilities of autobiographies. Suggestions are made in the spirit of sparking research continuing in the qualitative tradition of post-traumatic growth research in sport psychology.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:culture, autobiography, addiction recovery and sport
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Sport and exercise psychology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McMahon, J (Associate Professor Jennifer McMahon)
ID Code:140171
Year Published:2021 (online first 2020)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-07-30
Last Modified:2021-09-06

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