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(Re)Storying embodied running and motherhood: a creative nonfiction approach


McGannon, KR and McMahon, J, (Re)Storying embodied running and motherhood: a creative nonfiction approach, Sport Education and Society ISSN 1357-3322 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13573322.2021.1942821


In the present study, post-partum embodied subjectivity of five competitive recreational mother runners of children under 6 years of age, was explored using narrative inquiry from a story analyst and a story teller position. This focus expands understanding of sport, embodiment and good mother ideals using narrative inquiry as a novel theory to centralize body-self stories contextualized in cultural narratives. A central theme of ‘reimagining the post-partum self’ was identified from a story analyst position whereby stories are the objects of analysis. We shifted to storytellers to present the nuanced intersecting meanings of this central theme in the form of three accessible creative nonfiction stories presented as composite vignettes. The three vignettes were: listening to, and learning from my postpregnant body; new mum, new athlete; and running (re)connects me to myself. These findings expand critical insights into the motherhood, sport and embodiment nexus into the under-studied topic of postpartum recreational sport. Such work opens pedagogical possibilities through telling, and witnessing, stories to highlight constraining and emancipative aspects, of women’s physical participation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gender, sport, athlete mothers, storytelling, narrative inquiry
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and dietetics
Research Field:Sport and exercise nutrition
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Sport, exercise and recreation not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McMahon, J (Associate Professor Jennifer McMahon)
ID Code:145007
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-06-24
Last Modified:2022-08-23

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