Whiteness in sport psychology

Authored by: Ted M. Butryn

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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Since the early 2000s, a small but growing contingent of sport psychology scholars have begun to develop an alternative to more mainstream issues within the field, such as an engagement with issues such as identity politics, including the importance of racialized identities (Butryn, 2002, 2009), reflexive and critical approaches to research methodologies (e.g., McGannon & Johnson, 2009; McGannon & Metz, 2010; Schinke, McGannon, Parham, & Lane, 2012), the incorporation of praxis-based work (e.g., Fisher, Roper, & Butryn, 2009; Ryba & Schinke, 2009; Ryba & Wright, 2005), and more generally, a serious and direct examination of how power is negotiated within sport psychology, from researcher-participant interactions to interactions between sport psychology consultants, athletes, coaches, and administrative officials. This multifaceted body of work belongs to what has now come to be called cultural sport psychology (CSP) and in some ways it parallels a similar movement within the sociology of sport known as Physical Cultural Studies, which also seeks to address issues that have, arguably, not been given adequate attention in the mainstream of that field (Butryn, LaVoi, Kauer, Semerjian, & Waldron, 2014).

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