Sports scandals are often discussed in the media and research literature without any deeper reflection on their specificities or development. As the economic and political significance of sport seem to grow in correlation with the development of globalization and new social media, the call for a sociological understanding of the downsides of sport becomes imperative. By deploying a communication-theory framework supplemented with insights from discourse theory, this article aims to develop a theoretical model of the sports scandal. It presents a 5-step model encompassing initial steps of transgression, followed by a publicly observed dislocation destabilizing the social order, which subsequently results in moral communication, environmental pressure for appropriate action, and, finally, an institutional solution.
Rasmus K. Storm and Ulrik Wagner
Dean Barker, Mikael Quennerstedt, Anna Johansson, and Peter Korp
Aim: To provide insight into how physical education teachers use discursive resources related to obesity to create particular professional identities. Method: Data come from focus group and individual interviews with physical education teachers in Sweden. Discourse theory on teacher identities frame the analysis of the empirical material. Results: Data suggest that teachers in Sweden make use of six distinct but related discursive contributions to produce three professional identities: the caring practitioner, an identity concerned with ensuring all pupils irrespective of size participate in physical education; the activity luminary, an identity that focuses on inspiring pupils toward activity across the lifespan, and; the body rationalist, an identity concerned with challenging unrealistic media discourses and reassuring pupils that they have “normal” bodies. Discussion: The identities appear more inclusive, sensitive, and critical than current physical education literature on obesity suggests, however they also contain elements that are fundamentally unsympathetic to overweight individuals.
L. Jayne Beselt, Michelle C. Patterson, Meghan H. McDonough, Jennifer Hewson, and Scott MacKay
women-only races and during the course of the race, as well as the significance of this for the participants of the study. 32F; age 65–79 Participants in women’s-only races Cross-sectional; ethnography; discourse theory, poststructuralism, and feminism Written accounts ( n = 24); websites, mass media
Kamiel Reid and Christine Dallaire
relation to soccer’s continued role as a site for reproducing hegemonic masculinities in the UK. Drawing on Foucauldian discourse theory ( Foucault, 1977 , 1982 ), our research contributes to the limited number of studies on female soccer match officials by complicating this picture and showing that the
Lisa A. Kihl and Vicki Schull
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other social practices” ( Jørgensen & Phillips, 2002 , p. 61). The research focus of discourse theory is accordingly both the discursive practices which construct representations of the world, social subjects, and social relations, including power relations, and the role that these discursive practices