We Walk the Line: An Analysis of the Problems and Possibilities of Work at the Sport Psychology-Sport Sociology Nexus

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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Over the past decade, a growing number of scholars in sport psychology and sport sociology have begun forging inter- and transdiciplinary research lines that attempt to follow Ingham, Blissmer, and Wells Davidson’s (1998) call for a coming together of the sport sociological and sport psychological imaginations. This paper presents the results of a thematic analysis of the stories of five early-to midcareer academics who have lived at/through the boundaries of these two sub disciplines of Kinesiology. Following an introduction in which we attempt to situate the two subdisciplines within the larger field of Kinesiology, we present a thematic analysis of the five individual stories, and attempt to tie them to the politicized boundaries and related spaces of tensions faced by those wishing to do the kind of interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary work advocated recently by the emerging areas of cultural sport psychology (CSP) and physical cultural studies (PCS).

Butryn and Semerjian are with the Department of Kinesiology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. LaVoi is with the Kinesiology Dept., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Kauer is with the Kinesiology Dept., CSU-Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. Waldron is with Health, Physical Education, & Leisure Services, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA.

Address author correspondence to Ted Butryn at Theodore.Butryn@sjsu.edu.