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(Re)Storying embodied running and motherhood: a creative nonfiction approach

McGannon, KR and McMahon, J ORCID: 0000-0002-1079-8939 2021 , '(Re)Storying embodied running and motherhood: a creative nonfiction approach' , Sport Education and Society , doi: 10.1080/13573322.2021.1942821.

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Abstract

In the present study, post-partum embodied subjectivity of fivecompetitive recreational mother runners of children under 6 years ofage, was explored using narrative inquiry from a story analyst and astory teller position. This focus expands understanding of sport,embodiment and good mother ideals using narrative inquiry as a noveltheory to centralize body-self stories contextualized in culturalnarratives. A central theme of ‘reimagining the post-partum self’ wasidentified from a story analyst position whereby stories are the objectsof analysis. We shifted to storytellers to present the nuancedintersecting meanings of this central theme in the form of threeaccessible creative nonfiction stories presented as composite vignettes.The three vignettes were: listening to, and learning from my postpregnantbody; new mum, new athlete; and running (re)connects me tomyself. These findings expand critical insights into the motherhood,sport and embodiment nexus into the under-studied topic of postpartumrecreational sport. Such work opens pedagogical possibilitiesthrough telling, and witnessing, stories to highlight constraining andemancipative aspects, of women’s physical participation.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McGannon, KR and McMahon, J
Keywords: gender, sport, athlete mothers, storytelling, narrative inquiry
Journal or Publication Title: Sport Education and Society
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
ISSN: 1357-3322
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13573322.2021.1942821
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