Professor Andrew Sparkes, Professor

Professor Andrew Sparkes

Professor

Andrew joined the university in 2013. His research and pedagogical interests are inspired by a continuing fascination with the ways that people experience different forms of embodiment over time in a variety of contexts. Andrew's work is necessarily nomadic in nature and dwells in the fertile cracks between disciplines where he finds much that intrigues, amuses and baffles him.

To develop an understanding of the temporal and emplaced dynamics of embodiment in physical cultures, Andrew is drawn towards qualitative forms of inquiry, such as, life history, ethnography, autoethnography and narrative approaches. He has published extensively on these topics in international peer reviewed journals and has also published numerous invited book chapters in major edited volumes.

Andrew is author of Telling tales in sport & physical activity: A qualitative journey, and co-author of Qualitative research methods in sport, exercise and health: From process to product. He is editor of Seeking the senses in physical culture: Sensuous scholarship in action, and co-editor of The Routledge handbook of qualitative research in sport and exercise, and also Advances in biographical methods: Creative applications.

Currently, Andrew is Editor of Auto/Biography Yearbook (the annual refereed journal of the British Sociological Association's study group on Life Writing). He is serves on the advisory boards of the following journals: Sport, Education and Society; Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health; Qualitative Research Journal. He also serves on the editorial board of the following journals: Journal of Aging Studies; The Sport Psychologist; International Journal of Men’s Health; Methodological Innovations Online; Qualitative Research in Education; Agora: Para la educacion fisica y el deporte.

Current Teaching

Andrew teaches research methods to undergraduates and postgraduate students and he leads the PhD Programme in Qualitative Research Methods. He has acted as Director of Studies and supervised numerous successful PhD studies on a range of topics. Recent completions have focused on the following: Narratives of spinal cord injury, acquired disability, and the sporting body; Sensuous and embodied ways of knowing in Bouldering; The socially constructed and embodied meanings of effectiveness in the lives of physical education teachers; Older women and the meanings of physical activity in their lives; Transforming criminal lifestyles and enabling desistance through sport and physical activity; The use of hypnosis as an autoethnographic modality in the exploration and management of overweight and obesity.

Andrew has acted as external examiner for over 100 PhDs across a variety of disciplines (e.g., sport, health, education, psychology, sociology, and management studies), and a variety of countries (e.g., UK, USA, Canada, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, South Africa, and Spain).

Research Interests

  • Interrupted body projects and the narrative reconstruction of self
  • Ageing bodies in sport and physical activity contexts
  • Sporting auto/biographies and body-self-culture relationships
  • The senses and sensuous ways of knowing in physical cultures
  • The development of qualitative research methodologies and creative analytical practices
Professor Andrew Sparkes, Professor

Selected Outputs

  • Sparkes A (2022) When judgment calls: Making sense of criteria for evaluating different forms of autoethnography. In: Adams T; Holman Jones S; Ellis C ed. Handbook of Autoethnography. London: Routledge, pp. 263-276.

  • Sparkes A (2022) When judgment calls: Making sense of criteria for evaluating different forms of autoethnography. In: Adams T; Holman Jones S; Ellis C ed. Handbook of Autoethnography. London: Routledge, pp. 263-276.

  • Sparkes A (2021) Interrupted Body Projects and the Narrative Reconstruction of Self. In: Rapport F; Braithwaite J ed. Transforming Healthcare with Qualitative Research. London: Routledge, pp. 33-40.

  • Sparkes A (2021) Poetic representations, not-quite poetry and poemish: Some methodological reflections. In: Fitzpatrick E; Fitzpatrick K ed. Poetry, Method and Education Research: Doing Critical, Decolonising and Political Inquiry. London: Routledge, pp. 41-50.

  • Smith B; Sparkes A (2020) Qualitative research. In: Tenenbaum G; Eklund R ed. Handbook of Sport Psychology, 4th edition. 2 Volume Set. Haboken, NJ: Wiley, pp. 1101-1109.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2020) Disability, sport, and physical activity. In: Watson N; Roulstone A; Thomas C ed. Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies (2nd edition). London: Routledge, pp. 391-403.

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  • Sparkes AC (2018) Creating criteria for evaluating autoethnography and the pedagogical potential of working with lists. In: Turner L; Short N; Grant A; Adams T ed. International Perspectives on Autoethnographic Research and Practice. London: Routlledge, pp. 256-267.

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  • Sparkes AC (2018) Autoethnography comes of age: Consequences, comforts, and concerns. In: Beach D; Bagley C; Marques da Silva S ed. The Wiley Handbook of Ethnography of Education. London: Wiley, pp. 479-499.

  • Sparkes AC (2017) Researching the senses in physical culture: Charting the territory and locating an emerging field. In: Seeking the senses in physical culture: Sensuous scholarship in action. London: Routledge, pp. 1-24.

  • Sparkes AC (2017) Researching the senses in physical culture and producing sensuous scholarship: Methodological challenges and possibilities. In: Seeking the senses in physical culture: Sensuous scholarship in action. London: Routledge, pp. 174-197.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2016) Introduction: An invitation to qualitative research. In: Smith B; Sparkes A ed. International Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Sport and Exercise. London: Routledge, pp. 1-7.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2016) Qualitative interviewing in sport and exercise science. In: Smith B; Sparkes A ed. Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. London: Routledge, pp. 103-123.

  • Sparkes AC (2016) Researching the senses in sport and exercise. In: Smith B; Sparkes A ed. Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. London: Routledge, pp. 343-354.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2016) Interdisciplinary Connoisseurship in Sport Psychology Research. In: Schinke R; McGannon R; Smith B ed. Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology. London: pp. 581-588.

  • Sparkes A (2015) Ageing and embodied masculinities in physical activity settings: From flesh to theory and back again. In: Tulle E; Phoenix C ed. Physical activity and sport in later life: Critical approaches. london: Palgrave, pp. 137-148.

  • Sparkes AC (2015) Ethnography as a sensual way of being: Methodological and representational challenges. In: Molnar G; Purdy L ed. Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research. London: Routledge, pp. 45-58.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC; Caddick N (2014) Passing judgment on qualitative sports coaching research: Validity and goodness criteria. In: Nelson L; Groom R; Potrac P ed. Research Methods in Sport Coaching. London: Routledge, pp. 192-201.

  • Sparkes A (2014) When bodies need stories: Narrative analysis in action. In: O'Neill M; Roberts B; Sparkes A ed. Advances in biographical methods: Creative applications. London: Routledge, pp. 30-42.

  • Sparkes AC; Brighton J; Inckle K (2014) Disabled sporting bodies as sexual beings: Reflections and challenges. In: Hargreaves J; Anderson E ed. Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality. London: Routledge, pp. 179-188.

  • Sparkes AC (2013) Autoethnography at the will of the body: Reflections on a failure to produce on time. In: Short N; Turner L ed. Contemporary British Autoethnography. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 203-212.

  • Sparkes AC (2013) Autoethnography: Self-indulgence or something more?. In P. Sikes (Ed). Autoethnography (pp. 175 - 194 London: Sage. ISBN: 978-0-85702-785-6. In: Sikes P ed. Autoethnography. London: Sage, pp. 175-194.

  • Sparkes AC (2013) ‘The fatal flaw’: A narrative of the fragile body-self. In: Sikes P ed. Autoethnography. London: Sage, pp. 3-34.

  • Sparkes AC (2013) Embodiment, academics, and the audit culture: A story seeking consideration. In: Sikes P ed. Autoethnography. London: sage, pp. 401-431.

  • Sparkes AC (2013) Introduction: Autoethnography as a mode of knowing and a way of being. In: Jones H; Adams T; Ellis C ed. Handbook of Autoethnography. Walnut Creek, California, USA.: Left Coast Press., pp. 511-517.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2013) Inhabiting different bodies over time: Narrative and pedagogical challenges. In: Evans J; Davies B ed. New Directions in Social Theory, Education and Embodiment.. London: Routledge, pp. 95-108.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2013) Judging the Quality of Qualitative inquiry: Criteriology and Relativism in Action. In: Sikes P ed. Autoethnography. London: Sage, pp. 257-273.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2013) Spinal cord injury, sport, and the narrative possibilities of posttraumatic growth. In: Warren N; Manderson L ed. Reframing Disability and Quality of Life: A Global Perspective. London: Springer, pp. 129-143.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2012) Embodied research methodologies and the senses in sport and physical culture: A fleshing out of problems and possibilities. In: Young K; Atkinson M ed. Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Culture. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishihng Ltd, pp. 169-192.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2012) Narrative analysis as an embodied engagement with the lives of others. In: Gubrium J; Holstein J ed. Varieties of Narrative Analysis. London: Sage, pp. 53-73.

  • Sparkes AC; Batey J; Owen G (2012) The muscled self and the dynamics of shame and pride: A bodybuilding life history. In: Locks A; Richardson N ed. Critical readings in bodybuilding. London: Routledge, pp. 107-121.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2012) Disability, sport and physical activity: A critical review. In: Watson N; Roulstone A; Thomas C ed. Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 336-347.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2012) Making sense of words and stories in qualitative research. Strategies for consideration. In: Tenenbaum G; Eklund R; Kamata A ed. Handbook of Measurement in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Champaign, IL. USA: Human Kinetics, pp. 119-130.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2012) Narrative analysis in sport and physical culture. In: K. Young; Atkinson M ed. Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Culture. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, pp. 88-101.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2011) Men, Spinal Cord Injury, Memories and the Narrative Performance of Pain. In: Giulianotti R ed. Sociology of Sport.. London: Sage,

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2011) Metaphor and its connections in the narrative reconstruction of body-selves following disruptive life-changing events. In: Pourkos M; Katsarou E ed. Lived experience, metaphor and multimodality: Implications in communication, education, learning and knowledge. Greece: Athens Press, pp. 190-204.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2010) The narrative turn in sport and exercise psychology. In: Ryba T; Schinke R; Tenenbaum G ed. The cultural turn in sport and exercise psychology. Morgantown, WV, USA: Fitness Information Technology., pp. 75-100.

  • Sparkes AC (2010) Performing the ageing body and the importance of place: Some brief autoethnographic moments. In: Humberstone B ed. ‘When I am Old ... ’ Third Age and Leisure Research: Principles and Practice. LSA publication 108. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association., pp. 21-32.

  • Sparkes AC (2010) Myth 94: Qualitative health researchers will agree about validity. In: Bryman A ed. Qualitative Research 2. (Part of the SAGE Benchmark in Social Research Methods Series). London: Sage,

  • Sparkes AC (2008) The fatal flaw: A narrative of the fragile body-self. In: Atkinson P; Delamont S ed. Ethnographic Discourse. London: Sage,

  • Sparkes AC (2008) Sport and physical education: Embracing new forms of representation. In: Knowles J; Cole A ed. Handbook of Arts in Qualitative Research. London: Sage, pp. 653-664.

  • Sparkes AC (2008) Sporting heroes, autobiography and illness narratives: A brief comparison of Bob Champion and Lance Armstrong. In: Robinson D; Fisher P; Yeadon-Lee T; Robinson S; Woodcock P ed. Narrative, Memories and Identities. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press., pp. 113-125.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2008) Narrative constructionist inquiry. In: Holstein J; Gubrium J ed. Handbook of Constuctionist Research. New York: Guildford Publications Inc, pp. 295-314.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2007) Men, sport, spinal cord injury: Identity dilemmas, embodied time, and the construction of coherence. In: Raoul V; Canam C; Hende A; Paterson C ed. Unfitting Stories: Narratives Approaches to Disease, Disability, and Trauma. Canada: Wilfrid Laurier Press, pp. 191-200.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2007) Becoming disabled through sport; multiple responses to an embodied chaos narrative. In: Robinson D; Kelly N; Milnes K ed. Narrative and Memory. University of Huddersfield Press, pp. 91-98.

  • Phoenix C; Sparkes AC (2007) The narrative construction of self in an aging, athletic, body. In: Robinson D; Kelly N; Milnes K ed. Narrative and memory. University of Huddersfield Press, pp. 73-80.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2006) Disabled bodies and narrative time: Men, sport, and spinal cord injury. In: Hargreaves J; Vertinsky P ed. Physical Culture, Power, and the Body. London: Routledge, pp. 158-175.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2006) When narratives matter. In: Rapport F; Wainwright P ed. The self in health and illness: Patients, professionals and narrative identity. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing, pp. 53-67.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2005) When metaphors matter: Men, sport, spinal cord injury, narrative types, and the reconstruction of selves. In: Hassmen P; Hassmen N ed. Svensk Idrottspsykologisk Forening: Arsbok 2004. Sweden: Orebro Universitet Press., pp. 130-142.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2005) Becoming disabled through sport: Embodied memories of pain. In: Kelly N; Horrocks C; Milnes K; Roberts B; Robinson D ed. Narrative, memory and everyday life. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press, pp. 135-142.

  • Sparkes AC (2005) Narrative analysis: Exploring the whats and the hows of personal stories. In: Qualitative Research in Health Care. Milton Keynes, UK.: Open University Press, pp. 91-109.

  • Sparkes AC (2004) Reflections on an embodied sport and exercise psychology. In: Stelter R; Roessler K ed. New approaches to Exercise and Sport Psychology. Meyer & Meyer Sport, pp. 31-54.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2004) Becoming disabled through sport: Narrative types, metaphors and the reconstruction of selves. In: Twohig P; Kalitzkus V ed. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health, Illness and Disease. New York: Rodopi, pp. 67-82.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2004) Slittede selvopfattesler og narrative rekonstruktioner. In: Christensen M; Wichmann-Hansen G ed. Krop og Kompetence. FADL’s Forlag, pp. 119-138.

  • Sparkes AC (2003) Bodies, identities, selves: Autoethnographic fragments and reflections. In: Denison J; Markula P ed. “Moving writing”: Crafting Movement and Sport Research. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 51-76.

  • Sparkes AC (2003) From performance to impairment: A patchwork of embodied memories. In: Evans J; Davies B; Wright J ed. Body Knowledge and Control. Routledge, pp. 157-172.

  • Sparkes AC (2002) Autoethnography: Self indulgence or something more?. In: Bochner A; Ellis C ed. Ethnographically speaking: Autoethnography, literature, and aesthetics. London: Altamira Press, pp. 209-232.

  • Devis J; Sparkes AC (2001) La crisis de identidad de un estudiante universitario de educación física: un estudio biográfico. In: Devis J ed. La educación física, el deporte y la salud en el siglo XXI. Spain: Marfil, Alcoy, pp. 87-99.

  • (In press) Physical Culture, Power, and the Body.

    https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203014653

  • Pérez-Samaniego VM; Devís-Devís J; Smith BM; Sparkes AC (In press) A INVESTIGAÇÃO NARRATIVA EM EDUCAÇÃO FÍSICA E ESPORTE: QUE É E QUAL A SUA UTILIDADE. Movimento (ESEFID/UFRGS), 17 (1), pp. 11-38.

    https://doi.org/10.22456/1982-8918.17752

  • Sparkes AC (In press) ‘The second I got the phone call, everything changed.’ Exploring the temporal experiences of the spouses and partners of spinal cord injured sportsmen. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, pp. 1-19.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676x.2022.2127863

  • Thomson A; Sparkes A (In press) The micropolitics of being a head of a physical education department in a secondary school: Insights from an ethnographic study. Sport, Education and Society, pp. 1-14.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2019.1666813

  • Maher A; Haegele J; Sparkes A (2022) Stop fearing blindness! Visually impaired people reflect on the ethics of sighted prospective teachers simulating visual impairment. Disability and Society

    https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2022.2116560

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  • Martos-Garcia D; Devís-Devís J; Sparkes AC (2022) Volunteering for Research in Prison: Issues of Access, Rapport and Ethics and Emotions During Ethnography. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 21 pp. 160940692210860-160940692210860.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069221086096

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  • Sparkes A (2021) Making a Spectacle of Oneself in the Academy Using the H-Index: From Becoming an Artificial Person to Laughing at Absurdities. Qualitative Inquiry, 27 (8-9), pp. 1027-1039..

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  • Pereira-García S; Devís-Devís J; López-Cañada E; Fuentes-Miguel J; Sparkes AC; Pérez-Samaniego V (2021) Exploring Trans People’s Narratives of Transition: Negotiation of Gendered Bodies in Physical Activity and Sport. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (18), pp. 9854-9854.

    https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189854

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  • Maher AJ; Haegele JA; Sparkes AC (2021) ‘It’s better than going into it blind’: reflections by people with visual impairments regarding the use of simulation for pedagogical purposes. Sport, Education and Society, pp. 1-15.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2021.1897562

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  • Sparkes AC; Brighton J; Inckle K (2020) ‘I am proud of my back’: an ethnographic study of the motivations and meanings of body modification as identity work among athletes with spinal cord injury. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health

    https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676x.2020.1756393

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  • Sparkes A (2020) Autoethnography : Accept, revise, reject? Reflections of an evaluative self. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 12 (2), pp. 289-302.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2020.1732453

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  • Holmes P; Light R; Sparkes A (2020) The influence of early life experiences on English and Australian Super League coaches’ learning. Sport, Education and Society, pp. 1-12.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2019.1710698

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  • Maher AJ; Williams D; Sparkes AC (2020) Teaching non-normative bodies : simulating visual impairments as embodied pedagogy in action. Sport, Education and Society, 25 (5), pp. 530-542.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2019.1617127

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  • Sparkes AC; Stewart C (2019) Stories as actors causing trouble in lives: A dialogical narrative analysis of a competitive cyclist and the fall from grace of Lance Armstrong. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 11 (4), pp. 460-477.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2019.1578253

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  • Sparkes A; Brighton J (2019) Autonomic dysreflexia and boosting in disability sport: Exploring the subjective meanings, management strategies, moral justifications, and perceptions of risk among male, spinal cord injured, wheelchair athletes. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, pp. 1-17.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2019.1623298

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  • Sparkes AC; Brighton J; Inckle K (2018) Imperfect perfection and wheelchair bodybuilding: Challenging ableism of reproducing normalcy?. Sociology, 52 (6), pp. 1307-1323.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038517737476

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  • Rapport F; Clement C; Wells B; Hutchings H; Doel M; Mallalieu S; Shubin S; Brown D; Wright S; Seah R (2018) How are university gyms used by staff and students? A mixed-method study exploring gym use, motivation and communication in three UK gyms. Societies, 8 (15),

    https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8010015

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  • Sparkes AC; Brighton J; Inckle K (2018) ‘It's a part of me’: An ethnographic exploration of becoming a disabled sporting cyborg following spinal cord injury. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health,, 10 (2), pp. 151-166.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2017.1389768

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  • Sparkes AC; Martos Garcia D; Maher A (2017) Me, osteogenesis imperfecta and my classmates in physical education lessons: A case study of embodied pedagogy in action. Sport, Education and Society, 24 (4), pp. 338-348.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2017.1392939

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  • Lozano L; McKenna J; Sparkes A (2016) Weighty: NICE's Not-So-Nice Words. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (1919),

    https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01919

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  • Lozano L; McKenna J; Carless D; Pringle AR; Sparkes A (2016) ‘Sorry mate, you’re probably a bit too fat to be able to do any of this’: Men’s Experiences of Weight Stigma and Its Implications. International Journal of Men's Health, 15 (1),

    http://www.mensstudies.info/OJS/index.php/IJMH/article/view/747

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  • Sparkes AC; Day J (2016) Aging bodies and desistance from crime: Insights from the life stories of offenders. Journal of Aging Studies, 36 pp. 47-58.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2015.12.005

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  • Sparkes AC; Stewart C (2016) Taking sporting autobiographies seriously as an analytical and pedagogical resource in sport, exercise and health. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 8 (2), pp. 113-130.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2015.1121915

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  • Sparkes AC (2015) Book review: RaÚl SÁnchez GarcÍa and Dale C. Spencer (eds), <i>Fighting Scholars: Habitus and Ethnographies of Martial Arts and Combat Sports</i>. Qualitative Research, 15 (5), pp. 660-662.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794114560553

  • Owton H; Sparkes AC (2015) Sexual abuse and the grooming process in sport: Learning from Bella's story. Sport, Education and Society

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2015.1063484

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  • Owton H; Sparkes AC (2015) Sexual abuse and the grooming process in sport: Learning from Bella's story. Sport, Education and Society, 22 (6), pp. 732-743.

  • Sparkes AC (2015) Developing mixed methods research in sport and exercise psychology: Critical reflections on five points of controversy. . Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 16 pp. 49-59.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.08.014

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  • Brown D; Jennings G; Sparkes AC (2014) Taijiquan the 'Taiji World' way: Towards a cosmopolitan vision of ecology. Societies, 4 pp. 380-398.

    https://doi.org/10.3390/soc4030380

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  • Carless D; Sparkes AC; Douglas K; Cooke C (2014) Disability, inclusive adventurous training and adapted sport: Two soldiers' stories of involvement. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 15 (1), pp. 124-131.

  • Carless D; Sparkes AC; Douglas K; Cooke C (2014) Disability, inclusive adventurous training and adapted sport: Two soldiers' stories of involvement. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15 (1), pp. 124-131.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.10.001

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  • Entwistle P; Abayomi J; Johnson B; Sparkes AC; Davies I (2014) Unconscious Agendas in the Aetiology of Refractory Obesity and the Role of Hypnosis in their Identification and Resolution – A New Paradigm for Weight Management Programmes, or a Paradigm Revisited?. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 62 (3), pp. 330-359.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/00207144.2014.901085

  • Aldous D; Sparkes AC; Brown D (2014) Transitional experiences of post-16 sports education: Jack's story. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 35 (2), pp. 185-203.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2012.741805

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  • Aldous D; Sparkes AC; Brown DHK (2014) Trajectories towards failure: considerations regarding post-16 transitions within the UK Sport-Education sector. Sport, Education and Society

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2014.890929

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  • Huntley E; Knowles Z; Cropley B; Gilbourne D; Sparkes A (2014) Reflecting back and forwards: An evaluation of peer-reviewed reflective practice research in sport. Reflective Practice, 15 (6), pp. 863-876.

  • Sparkes AC (2013) Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health in the era of neoliberalism, audit and New Public Management: Understanding the conditions for the (im)possibilities of a new paradigm dialogue. Qualitiative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 5 (3), pp. 440-459.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2013.796493

  • Sparkes AC; Pérez-Samaniego V; Smith B (2012) Social comparison processes, narrative mapping and their shaping of the cancer experience: a case study of an elite athlete. Health (London), 16 (5), pp. 467-488.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459311428229

  • Culver, D.; Gilbert, W.; Sparkes AC (2012) Qualitative Research in Sport Psychology Journals: The Next Decade 2000-2009 and Beyond. The Sport Psychologist, 26 (2), pp. 261-281.

    http://journals.humankinetics.com/tsp-back-issues/tsp-volume-26-issue-2-june/qualitative-research-in-sport-psychology-journals-the-next-decade-2000-2009-and-beyond

  • Sparkes AC (2012) Fathers and Sons. Qualitative Inquiry, 18 (2), pp. 174-185.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800411429095

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC; Phoenix C; Kirkby J (2012) Qualitative research in physical therapy: A critical discussion on mixed-methods research. Physical Therapy Reviews, 17 (6), pp. 374-381.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2012) Chapter 4 Narrative Analysis in Sport and Physical Culture. , pp. 79-99.

    https://doi.org/10.1108/s1476-2854(2012)0000006007

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2012) Chapter 8 Embodied Research Methodologies and Seeking the Senses in Sport and Physical Culture: A Fleshing out of Problems and Possibilities. , pp. 167-190.

    https://doi.org/10.1108/s1476-2854(2012)0000006011

  • Brewer J; Sparkes AC (2011) The meanings of outdoor physical activity for parentally bereaved young people in the United Kingdom: insights from an ethnographic study. Journal of Adventure Education &amp; Outdoor Learning, 11 (2), pp. 127-143.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2011.633382

  • Brewer J; Sparkes AC (2011) Parentally bereaved children and posttraumatic growth: Insights from an ethnographic study of a UK childhood bereavement service. Mortality, 16 (3), pp. 204-222.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2011.586164

  • Stewart C; Smith B; Sparkes AC (2011) Sporting autobiographies of illness and the role of metaphor. Sport in Society, 14 (5), pp. 581-597.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2011.574358

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2011) Inhabiting different bodies over time: Narrative and pedagogical challenges. Sport, Education and Society, 16 (3), pp. 357-370.

  • Brewer JD; Sparkes AC (2011) Young people living with parental bereavement: Insights from an ethnographic study of a UK childhood bereavement service. Social Science and Medicine, 72 (2), pp. 283-290.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.10.032

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2011) Exploring multiple responses to a chaos narrative. Health, 15 (1), pp. 38-53.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459309360782

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  • Jennings G; Brown D; Sparkes AC (2010) ‘It can be a religion if you want’: Wing Chun Kung Fu as a secular religion. Ethnography, 11 (4), pp. 533-557.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1466138110372588

  • Sparkes AC; Brown DHK; Partington E (2010) The "jock body" and the social construction of space: The performance and positioning of cultural identity. Space and Culture, 13 (3), pp. 333-347.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1206331210365288

  • Phoenix C; Smith B; Sparkes AC (2010) Narrative analysis in aging studies: A typology for consideration. Journal of Aging Studies, 24 (1), pp. 1-11.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2008.06.003

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  • Devis JD; Garcia DMI; Sparkes AC (2010) Socialization and construction process of the professional identity of a physical educator in a prison | Socialización y proceso de construcción de la identidad profesional del educador físico de una prisión. Revista de Psicologia del Deporte, 19 (1), pp. 73-88.

  • Martos García D; Devís Devís J; Sparkes AC (2009) Deporte entre rejas. ¿Algo más que control social?. Revista Internacional de Sociología, 67 (2), pp. 391-412.

    https://doi.org/10.3989/ris.2007.07.26

  • Rapport F; Sparkes AC (2009) Narrating the Holocaust: in pursuit of poetic representations of health. Medical Humanities, 35 (1), pp. 27-34.

    https://doi.org/10.1136/jmh.2008.000463

  • Phoenix C; Sparkes AC (2009) Being Fred: big stories, small stories and the accomplishment of a positive ageing identity. Qualitative Research, 9 (2), pp. 219-236.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794108099322

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  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2009) Narrative analysis and sport and exercise psychology: Understanding lives in diverse ways. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10 (2), pp. 279-288.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2008.07.012

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2009) Narrative inquiry in sport and exercise psychology: What can it mean, and why might we do it?. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10 (1), pp. 1-11.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2008.01.004

  • Sparkes AC (2009) Ethnography and the senses: challenges and possibilities. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 1 (1), pp. 21-35.

  • Sparkes AC (2009) Novel ethnographic representations and the dilemmas of judgment. Ethnography and Education, 4 (3), pp. 303-321.

  • Smith B; Allen Collinson J; Phoenix C; Brown D; Sparkes AC (2009) Dialogue, monologue, and boundary crossing within research encounters: A performative narrative analysis. International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 7 (3), pp. 342-358.

  • Martos-Garcia D; Devis-Devis J; Sparkes AC (2009) Sport and physical activity in a high security Spanish prison: An ethnographic study of multiple meanings. Sport, Education and Society, 14 (1), pp. 77-96.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573320802615189

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2009) Judging the quality of qualitative inquiry: Criteriology and relativism in action. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10 (5), pp. 491-497.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2009.02.006

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2008) Men, spinal cord injury, memories and the narrative performance of pain. Disability and Society, 23 (7), pp. 679-690.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/09687590802469172

  • Burke SM; Sparkes AC; Allen-Collinson J (2008) High Altitude Climbers as Ethnomethodologists Making Sense of Cognitive Dissonance: Ethnographic Insights from an Attempt to Scale Mt. Everest. The Sport Psychologist, 22 (3), pp. 336-355.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.22.3.336

  • Phoenix C; Sparkes AC (2008) Athletic bodies and aging in context: The narrative construction of experienced and anticipated selves in time. Journal of Aging Studies, 22 (3), pp. 211-221.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2007.04.001

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2008) Changing bodies, changing narratives and the consequences of tellability: a case study of becoming disabled through sport. Sociology of Health &amp; Illness, 30 (2), pp. 217-236.

    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2007.01033.x

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2008) Contrasting perspectives on narrating selves and identities: an invitation to dialogue. Qualitative Research, 8 (1), pp. 5-35.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794107085221

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2008) Narrative and its potential contribution to disability studies. Disability &amp; Society, 23 (1), pp. 17-28.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/09687590701725542

  • Carless D; Sparkes A (2008) The Physical Activity Experiences of Men with Serious Mental Illness: Three short stories. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9 (2), pp. 191-210.

  • Carless D; Sparkes AC (2008) The physical activity experiences of men with serious mental illness: Three short stories. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9 (2), pp. 191-210.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2007.03.008

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  • Phoenix C; Smith B; Sparkes AC (2007) Experiences and Expectations of Biographical Time among Young Athletes. Time &amp; Society, 16 (2-3), pp. 231-252.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/0961463x07080269

  • Sparkes AC; Partington E; Brown DHK (2007) Bodies as bearers of value: the transmission of jock culture via the ‘Twelve Commandments’. Sport, Education and Society, 12 (3), pp. 295-316.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573320701464150

  • Sparkes AC; Douglas K (2007) Making the Case for Poetic Representations: An Example in Action. The Sport Psychologist, 21 (2), pp. 170-190.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.21.2.170

  • Phoenix C; Sparkes AC (2007) Sporting bodies, ageing, narrative mapping and young team athletes: an analysis of possible selves. Sport, Education and Society, 12 (1), pp. 1-17.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13573320601081468

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2007) Sport, spinal cord injury, and body narratives: A qualitative project. Health Psychology Update, 16 (3), pp. 26-33.

  • Sparkes AC (2007) Embodiment, academics, and the audit culture: A story seeking consideration. Qualitative Research, 7 (4), pp. 521-550.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794107082306

  • PHOENIX C; SPARKES AC (2006) Keeping it in the family: narrative maps of ageing and young athletes' perceptions of their futures. Ageing and Society, 26 (4), pp. 631-648.

    https://doi.org/10.1017/s0144686x06004880

  • Phoenix C; Sparkes AC (2006) Young athletic bodies and narrative maps of aging. Journal of Aging Studies, 20 (2), pp. 107-121.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2005.06.002

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  • Levinson M; Sparkes AC (2006) Conflicting value-systems: Gypsy females and the home-school interface. Research Papers in Education, 21 (1), pp. 79-97.

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2006) Narrative inquiry in psychology: exploring the tensions within. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3 (3), pp. 169-192.

    https://doi.org/10.1191/1478088706qrp068oa

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2005) When narratives matter: men, sport, and spinal cord injury. Medical Humanities, 31 (2), pp. 81-88.

    https://doi.org/10.1136/jmh.2005.000203

  • Levinson MP; Sparkes AC (2005) Gypsy children, space, and the school environment. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 18 (6), pp. 751-772.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/09518390500298212

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2005) Men, sport, spinal cord injury, and narratives of hope. Social Science &amp; Medicine, 61 (5), pp. 1095-1105.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.01.011

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2005) Analyzing Talk in Qualitative Inquiry: Exploring Possibilities, Problems, and Tensions. Quest, 57 (2), pp. 213-242.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.2005.10491854

  • Phoenix C; Faulkner G; Sparkes AC (2005) Athletic identity and self-ageing: the dilemma of exclusivity. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 6 (3), pp. 335-347.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2003.11.004

  • Andrews GJ; Sudwell MI; Sparkes AC (2005) Towards a geography of fitness: An ethnographic case study of the gym in British bodybuilding culture. Social Science and Medicine, 60 (4), pp. 877-891.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2004.06.029

  • Devis J; Miguel J; Sparkes AC (2005) Que permanence oculto del curriculum oculto? Las identidades de genero y de sexualidad en la educacion fisica. Revista Iberoamericano De Educacion, 39 pp. 73-90.

  • Sparkes AC; Batey J; Brown D (2005) The muscled self and its aftermath: A life history study of an elite, black, male bodybuilder. Auto/Biography, 13 (2), pp. 131-160.

  • Levinson MP; Sparkes AC (2004) Gypsy Identity and Orientations to Space. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 33 (6), pp. 704-734.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241604269323

  • Sparkes AC (2004) Bodies, Narratives, Selves, and Autobiography. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 28 (4), pp. 397-428.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/0193723504269907

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2004) Men, sport, and spinal cord injury: An analysis of metaphors and narrative types. Disability and Society, 19 (6), pp. 613-626.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/0968759042000252533

  • Hunger I; Sparkes AC; Stelter R (2004) Qualitative methods in sport sciences. Historical Social Research,, 29 (3), pp. 192-197.

  • LEVINSON MP; SPARKES AC (2003) Gypsy Masculinities and the School–Home Interface: exploring contradictions and tensions. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 24 (5), pp. 587-603.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/0142569032000127152

  • Sparkes AC; Partington S (2003) Narrative Practice and its Potential Contribution to Sport Psychology: The Example of Flow. The Sport Psychologist, 17 (3), pp. 292-317.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.17.3.292

  • Rees T; Smith B; Sparkes AC (2003) The Influence of Social Support on the Lived Experiences of Spinal Cord Injured Sportsmen. The Sport Psychologist, 17 (2), pp. 135-156.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.17.2.135

  • Shepherd M; Sparkes AC; Hattersley M (2003) Dimensions of personal loss and gain associated with a rare genetic type of diabetes. Journal of Illness, Crisis and Loss,, 11 (4), pp. 362-376.

  • Sparkes AC (2003) Review essay: Transforming qualitative data into art forms. Qualitative Research, 3 (3), pp. 415-420.

  • Sparkes AC (2003) Investigacion narrativa en la educacion fisica y el deporte. AGORA: Para la educacion fisica y el deporte, 2 (3), pp. 51-60.

  • Sparkes AC; Nilges F; Swan P; Dowling F (2003) Poetic representations in sport and physical education: Insider perspectives. Sport, Education & Society, 8 (2), pp. 153-177.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2003) Men, sport, spinal cord injury and narrative time. Qualitative Research, 3 (3), pp. 295-320.

  • Stelter R; Sparkes AC; Hunger I (2003) Qualitative research in sport sciences - An introduction. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 4 (1),

  • Moreira H; Fox KR; Sparkes AC (2002) Job motivation profiles of physical educators: Theoretical background and instrument development. British Educational Research Journal, 28 (6), pp. 845-861.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/0141192022000019099

  • Sparkes AC (2002) Fictional Representations: On Difference, Choice, and Risk. Sociology of Sport Journal, 19 (1), pp. 1-24.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.19.1.1

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2002) Men, sport, spinal cord injury, and the construction of coherence: Narrative practice in action. Qualitative Research, 2 (2), pp. 143-171.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2002) Sport, spinal cord injuries, embodied masculinities and the dilemmas of narrative identity. Men and Masculinities, 4 (3), pp. 258-285.

  • Holt NL; Sparkes AC (2001) An Ethnographic Study of Cohesiveness in a College Soccer Team Over a Season. The Sport Psychologist, 15 (3), pp. 237-259.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.15.3.237

  • Sparkes AC (2001) Myth 94: Qualitative health researchers will agree about validity. Qualitative Health Research, 11 (4), pp. 538-552.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/104973201129119307

  • Shepherd M; Ellis I; Ahmad AM; Todd PJ; Bowen-Jones D; Mannion G; Ellard S; Sparkes AC; Hattersley AT (2001) Predictive genetic testing in maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY). Diabetic Medicine, 18 (5), pp. 417-421.

    https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1464-5491.2001.00447.x

  • Biddle SJH; Markland D; Gilbourne D; Chatzisarantis NLD; Sparkes AC (2001) Research methods in sport and exercise psychology: quantitative and qualitative issues. Journal of Sports Sciences, 19 (10), pp. 777-809.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/026404101317015438

  • Akber M; Clegg C; Connor S; Casson IF (2001) Outcome of insulin treatment in type 2 diabetic patients with secondary oral hypoglycaemic failure. Practical Diabetes International, 18 (1), pp. 10-12.

    https://doi.org/10.1002/pdi.124

  • Sparkes AC (2001) Autoethnography: Reflecting on misplaced assumptions. Qualitative Research Network,, December pp. 4-7.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2001) “Hombres, deporte, lesión en la médula espinal y problemas en la restauración del yo”. ÁGORA para la EF y el Deporte, nº 1, Sep., pp. 37-48.

  • Sparkes AC; Shepherd M; Hattersley A (2000) Genetic testing in maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY); a new challenge for the diabetic clinic. Practical Diabetes, 18 (1), pp. 16-21.

  • Sparkes AC (2000) Autoethnography and narratives of self: Reflections on criteria in action. Sociology of Sport Journal, 17 (1), 21-43. !SSN: 0741-1235. Sociology of Sport Journal, 17 (1), pp. 21-43.

  • Shepherd M; Hattersley A; Sparkes AC (2000) Predictive genetic testing in diabetes: A case study of multiple perspective. Qualitative Health Research, 10 (2), pp. 242-259.

  • Shepherd M; Hattersley A; Sparkes AC (2000) Lay beliefs about maturity onset diabetes of the young. Journal of Diabetes Nursing, 4 (5), pp. 140-143.

  • Squires SL; Sparkes A (1996) Circles of Silence: Sexual Identity in Physical Education and Sport. Sport Education and Society

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (In press) Qualitative Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health. Routledge.

  • eds. Sparkes AC (2017) Seeking the senses in physical culture: Sensuous scholarship in action. London: Rourledge.

  • eds. Sparkes AC (2017) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2016. Nottingham: Russell Press.

  • eds. Sparkes AC (2016) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2015. Nottingham: Russell Press.

  • eds. Smith B; Sparkes AC (2016) Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. London: Routledge.

  • eds. Sparkes AC (2015) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2014. Nottingham: Russell Press.

  • eds. O'Neill M; Roberts B; Sparkes A (2014) Advances in biographical methods: Creative applications. London: Routledge.

  • eds. O'Neill M; Roberts B; Sparkes A (2014) Advances in Biographical Methods: Creative Applications. London: Routledge.

  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2014) Qualitative research methods in sport, exercise and health: From process to product. Aningdon, Oxon. UK.: Routledge.

  • Sparkes AC (2012) Auto/Biography Yearbook.2011. Nottingham: Russell Press.

  • eds. Sparkes A (2011) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2010. Nottingham: Russell Press.

  • Sparkes AC eds. Sparkes A (2010) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2009. Nottingham: Russell Press.

  • eds. Sparkes A (2009) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2008. Nottingham: Russell Press.

  • eds. Sparkes A (2008) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2007. Nottingham: Russell Press.

  • (2007) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2006.

  • Sparkes AC (2002) Telling Tales in Sport & Physical Activity: A Qualitative Journey. Champaign, IL: USA: Human Kinetics Press..