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Qualitative Research for Physical Culture


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pirkko Markula, Michael Silk
      Pages 3-23
    3. Pirkko Markula, Michael Silk
      Pages 24-56
    4. Pirkko Markula, Michael Silk
      Pages 57-77
  3. Doing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Pirkko Markula, Michael Silk
      Pages 81-111
    3. Pirkko Markula, Michael Silk
      Pages 112-134
    4. Pirkko Markula, Michael Silk
      Pages 135-148
    5. Pirkko Markula, Michael Silk
      Pages 149-173
  4. Dissemination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Pirkko Markula, Michael Silk
      Pages 177-195
    3. Pirkko Markula, Michael Silk
      Pages 196-224
  5. Conclusion

    1. Pirkko Markula, Michael Silk
      Pages 225-229
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 230-252

About this book


This book provides a guide to qualitative research methods in the multidisciplinary field of physical culture. Developing an approach based on the '7 Ps' of research, this text navigates a pathway through the research process that will be invaluable as a teaching tool and to experienced and inexperienced researchers alike.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlbertaCanada
  2. 2.University of BathUK

About the authors

PIRKKO MARKULA Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Physical Activity at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research interests include poststructuralist feminist analysis of dance, exercise and sport, ethnography, autoethnography and performance ethnography. She is co-author of Foucault, Sport and Exercise, editor of Olympic Women and the Media, and Feminist Sport Studies, and co-editor of Critical Bodies and Moving Writing.

MICHAEL SILK Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Bath, UK. His research and scholarship centers on the production and consumption of urban space, the governance of bodies, and, the performative politics of identity within the context of a global neoliberal economic order. His recent works include: Sport and Corporate Nationalisms (co-authored), Qualitative Methods and Sports Studies (co-authored), Televised Sport in the Post 9/11 Era, and Sport & Neoliberalism (co-authored).

Bibliographic information


“Qualitative Research for Physical Culture … is a practical guide to qualitative research methods for physical culture. … This book will provide guidance and aid to students and researchers from a wide range of scholarly fields, just as the authors have intended. It also deals with a variety of different qualitative methods, making it a good introduction to the many possible research designs and practices that qualitative methods provide within the fields of physical culture and sport.” (Anne Tjønndal, Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum,, May, 2016)

'It was daunting doing a dissertation for the first time and the 7P approach provided a clear step-by-step guide from start to finish of the project' - Sarah, Undergraduate Student, Bath University, UK

'The text offered guidance and aided me as I began to negotiate the contested and messy world of research. This is a book that is simultaneously challenging and rewarding, a must for students endeavouring to research physical culture' - Matthew, Graduate Student, University of Maryland, USA

'No doubt this book will be a great success for students, teachers and researchers alike, and I hope the authors may continue to update it in their easy to read manner as our field of qualitative research expands and becomes a more complex area to map.' - George Jennings, Qualitative Methods in Psychology