Sports coaches as ‘dangerous individuals’ - practice as governmentality

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/603911
Title:
Sports coaches as ‘dangerous individuals’ - practice as governmentality
Authors:
Taylor, Bill; Piper, Heather; Garratt, Dean
Abstract:
Recent concern surrounding sports coaches’ interaction with young people has reflected a fundamental change in the way coaches and others regard the role of sports. In this paper, we consider the identification and definition of the contemporary sports coach (whether acting in a professional or volunteer capacity) as, in Foucault’s term, a ‘dangerous individual’. We suggest that the mainstream discourse of child protection and safeguarding, variously interpreted and applied, has contributed to a culture of fear in sports coaching practice. Drawing on data from a recently completed Economic and Social Research Council-funded research project, we argue that contradictions in policy and practice, which serve to privilege a particular discourse, have cast the coach as both predator and protector of young sports performers. This has undermined the role of the coach, led to intergenerational fear, created doubt about coaches’ intentions and promoted their adoption of defensive and protective practices. Utilising the concept of governmentality, we argue that, as a consequence, fundamental trust-based relationships, necessary in healthy athlete−coach engagement, have been displaced by a discourse embodied in sterile delivery and procedure governed by regulation and suspicion.
Affiliation:
Manchester Metropolitan University; University of Chester
Citation:
Taylor, B., Piper, H., & Garratt, D. (2014). Sports coaches as ‘dangerous individuals’ - practice as governmentality. Sport, Education and Society, 21(2), 183-199. DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2014.899492
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Sport, Education and Society
Publication Date:
31-Mar-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/603911
DOI:
10.1080/13573322.2014.899492
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13573322.2014.899492
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport, Education and Society on 31/03/2014, available online: doi: 10.1080/13573322.2014.899492
EISSN:
1470-1243
Appears in Collections:
Education

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dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Billen
dc.contributor.authorPiper, Heatheren
dc.contributor.authorGarratt, Deanen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-29T14:50:34Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-29T14:50:34Zen
dc.date.issued2014-03-31en
dc.identifier.citationTaylor, B., Piper, H., & Garratt, D. (2014). Sports coaches as ‘dangerous individuals’ - practice as governmentality. Sport, Education and Society, 21(2), 183-199. DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2014.899492en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13573322.2014.899492en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/603911en
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport, Education and Society on 31/03/2014, available online: doi: 10.1080/13573322.2014.899492en
dc.description.abstractRecent concern surrounding sports coaches’ interaction with young people has reflected a fundamental change in the way coaches and others regard the role of sports. In this paper, we consider the identification and definition of the contemporary sports coach (whether acting in a professional or volunteer capacity) as, in Foucault’s term, a ‘dangerous individual’. We suggest that the mainstream discourse of child protection and safeguarding, variously interpreted and applied, has contributed to a culture of fear in sports coaching practice. Drawing on data from a recently completed Economic and Social Research Council-funded research project, we argue that contradictions in policy and practice, which serve to privilege a particular discourse, have cast the coach as both predator and protector of young sports performers. This has undermined the role of the coach, led to intergenerational fear, created doubt about coaches’ intentions and promoted their adoption of defensive and protective practices. Utilising the concept of governmentality, we argue that, as a consequence, fundamental trust-based relationships, necessary in healthy athlete−coach engagement, have been displaced by a discourse embodied in sterile delivery and procedure governed by regulation and suspicion.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13573322.2014.899492en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectFoucaulten
dc.subjectGovernmentalityen
dc.subjectDeprofessionalisationen
dc.subjectFear of the coachen
dc.subjectDefensive coaching practicesen
dc.titleSports coaches as ‘dangerous individuals’ - practice as governmentalityen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1470-1243en
dc.contributor.departmentManchester Metropolitan University; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalSport, Education and Societyen
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