Representing taboos in sport: Video representation

Owton, Helen (2016). Representing taboos in sport: Video representation. In: 5th International Conference in Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 30 Aug - 01 Sep 2016.


This paper is offering one video representation formulated from existing literature offering an arts-based approach to literature review in inquiry. Also, it offers another video at a micro-level exploring the experiences of one female athlete who was sexually abused in sport. Research videos seek to offer an alternative method for understanding the existing research and issues in more sensitive topics. These two video representations focus on the grooming process and sexual abuse in sport and the experience of engaging with the process of collaborative research. By weaving, orchestrating and spacing visuals and music to explore a research topic, this type of arts-based approach created as art and inquiry is aimed at stimulating dialogue and can be a powerful method to survey a current topic combining creative work and critical studies with individual expression and aesthetic reflection. The video representations assume an attitude of persuasiveness and are intended to be communicative tools for social justice to help us see things in new and unanticipated ways giving a voice to taboo topics that are often silenced.

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