This book systematically demonstrates the significance and application of method in plain language.

Written for students, this book contains the core methodological concepts, practices, and debates they need to understand and apply research methods within the field of sport and exercise. It provides a comprehensive panoramic introduction which will reassure and empower its readers.

Written by a leading academic, and drawing on years of teaching experience, it includes carefully cross-referenced entries which critically engage with interdisciplinary themes and data.

Each concept includes:

Clear Definitions; Suggestions for Further Reading; Comprehensive Examples; Practical Applications

Pragmatic, lucid, and concise, the book will provide essential support to students in sport and exercise science, kinesiology, and health.



Few topics simultaneously stir as much interest, bewilderment and criticism in research methods courses as ethnography. For students inclined to see the world from socio-cultural perspectives, ethnography not only makes immediate sense, it inspires them to get up, get out, and engage in the world of lived experience. For hardcore science types, ethnography is almost entirely unappealing as an academic venture. In basic terms, an ethnography provides a representational (usually written) account of a particular culture during a specified time period. The ethnographer learns the culture through immersion in it over a year or several years; the method is, on the surface, that simple. But how the ethnographic venture is conducted, how data are analysed, and the use of ethnographic data in the academy are ...

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