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Mother runners in the blogosphere: A discursive psychological analysis of online recreational athlete identities

McGannon, KR, McMahon, JA ORCID: 0000-0002-1079-8939 and Gonsalves, CA 2017 , 'Mother runners in the blogosphere: A discursive psychological analysis of online recreational athlete identities' , Psychology of Sport and Exercise, vol. 28 , pp. 125-135 , doi:

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ObjectivesQualitative research on physically active mothers has shown that recreational sport may allow women to resist good mother ideals that often constrain exercise. The purpose of this study was to extend this understanding in a socio-cultural context by examining how recreational athlete mother identities were constructed within one form of new media - blogging.DesignA qualitative approach grounded in discursive psychology was used to theorize athlete mother identities as subject positions constructed within particular discourses circulated within a blog.MethodCritical discourse analysis of 30 stories and 177 reader comments from the North American online running community Another Mother Runner, was conducted. Visual data analysis of 102 images accompanying stories also contextualized the textual meanings of discourses and subject positions.ResultsTwo primary discourses were identified: discourse of transformation and empowerment and a discourse of disruption and resolution. Subject positions constructed within these two intersecting discourses were role mother/advocate and resilient mother runner.ConclusionsThis study extends discursive psychology literature in sport and exercise psychology as well as media work on athlete mother identities within sport psychology into the realm of the internet and identity construction.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McGannon, KR and McMahon, JA and Gonsalves, CA
Keywords: Critical discourse analysis; Cultural sport psychology; Motherhood; Running
Journal or Publication Title: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Publisher: Elsevier BV
ISSN: 1469-0292
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