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.

Archival Research

Archival research

History has been called the world's greatest social laboratory. The analysis of historical events, processes and characters can provide considerable insight into the ways in which sport and exercise has been structurally determined, culturally defined and contoured as societies take shape over time. Historical researchers do not abound in the study of sport and exercise, and more's the pity. Why? Because detailed examinations of the genesis of sport cultures, the evolution of sporting pastimes, the emergence and disappearance of folk games, the professionalisation of sport, and the study of who participates in sport and exercise historically, just to name but a few subjects, are important for grasping the form and content of what socially and culturally counts as sport and exercise today. ...

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