Narratives of adventure, intimacy, conformity, and rejection: Narrative inquiry as a methodological approach to understanding how women student athletes 'do' sport-related drinking

Sarah Partington, Joanne Smith, Fran Longstaff, Elizabeth Partington*

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Abstract

In this paper we offer narrative inquiry as a methodology for understanding how women student athletes ‘do’ sport-related drinking. 11 women student athletes took part in individual face-to-face interviews each approximately one hour in duration. Data were analysed via structural and thematic narrative analysis to identify public and private narratives, narrative tensions and narrative silences. Findings are presented in the form of analytical abstraction (Story analyst) and creative non-fiction (Storyteller) to both discuss and show theoretical understandings. Two public narratives, ‘Drinking adventures’ and ‘We are family,’ were identified as meta narratives via which women student athletes learn how to ‘do’ drinking. However, three private, counter narratives, ‘Fresher do this,’ ‘Know your limits,’ and ‘The Ghost story,’ revealed narrative tensions and contradictions. These findings provide new insights into the nuances, complexities, and power dynamics surrounding women student athletes’ drinking practices and can be used to inform more specifically tailored health interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-117
Number of pages16
JournalSport, Education and Society
Volume29
Issue number1
Early online date28 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2024

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