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Title: Researching British university sport initiations
Author: Wintrup, Glen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2725 6073
Awarding Body: Brunel University
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2011
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The study of sport initiations is in its infancy. So far, the North American-centric research has focussed on ‘exposing and condemning’ morally unacceptable initiation activities, which are referred to as hazing. Hazing moral panics in North America has resulted in universities utilising sport initiation empirical research to construct anti-hazing policies; policies proven to be ineffective in banning sport initiations. The purpose of this research is to address some of the gaps in the knowledge of sport initiations. A two stage ethnographic research approach was utilised to collect information on British university sport initiations. An international student embedded himself as a student-athlete within a British university to learn the cultural meanings of a foreign sport culture and to possess an emic perspective. Semi-structured interviews were then conducted with key policy actors possessing differing organisational cultural perspectives (differentiational and fragmentational), specifically university staff and sport - rugby union, football, and track and field - club members from multiple higher education institutions. The researcher’s ethnographic confessional tale of his experience as a self-funded international student is combined with the data from interviewee participants to construct British university sport initiations as a resistance research topic.
Supervisor: Brackenridge, C. H. Sponsor: National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Hazing, bullying, harassment and abuse ; Athlete welfare ; Sport policy research ; Confessional ethnography