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Professor Andrew Sparkes


Professor Andrew Sparkes
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Professor Andrew Sparkes

Professor

Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 23546 A.C.Sparkes@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Professor Andrew Sparkes

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

Selected Publications

Journal articles (105)

Books (14)

  • Sparkes AC ed. (2017) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2016. . Nottingham: Russell Press.
  • Sparkes AC ed. (2017) Seeking the senses in physical culture: Sensuous scholarship in action.. . London: Rourledge.
  • Smith B; Sparkes AC ed. (2016) Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. . London: Routledge.
  • Sparkes AC ed. (2016) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2015. . Nottingham: Russell Press.
  • Sparkes AC ed. (2015) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2014. . Nottingham: Russell Press.
  • O'Neill M; Roberts B; Sparkes A ed. (2014) Advances in Biographical Methods: Creative Applications. Routledge advances in sociology . 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.
  • Sparkes A ed. (2011) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2010. . Nottingham: Russell Press.
  • Sparkes AC (2010) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2009. . Nottingham: Russell Press.
  • Sparkes A ed. (2009) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2008. . Nottingham: Russell Press.
  • Sparkes A ed. (2008) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2007. . Nottingham: Russell Press.
  • ed. (2007) Auto/Biography Yearbook 2006. . .
  • Sparkes AC (2002) Telling Tales in Sport & Physical Activity: A Qualitative Journey.. . Champaign, IL: USA: Human Kinetics Press..

Chapters (52)

  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2020) Disability, sport, and physical activity.. In: Smith B; Sparkes AC 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: Sparkes AC 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: Sparkes AC 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: Sparkes AC 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: Sparkes AC 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 AC 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 AC 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: Sparkes AC 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: Sparkes AC; Smith B Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology. London: , pp. 581-588.
  • Sparkes AC (2015) Ethnography as a sensual way of being: Methodological and representational challenges.. In: Sparkes AC Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research. London: Routledge, pp. 45-58.
  • Sparkes A (2015) Ageing and embodied masculinities in physical activity settings: From flesh to theory and back again.. In: Sparkes A Physical activity and sport in later life: Critical approaches. london: Palgrave, pp. 137-148.
  • Sparkes A (2014) When bodies need stories: Narrative analysis in action.. In: Sparkes A 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: Sparkes AC; Brighton J; Inckle K Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality. London: Routledge, pp. 179-188.
  • Smith B; Sparkes AC; Caddick N (2014) Passing judgment on qualitative sports coaching research: Validity and goodness criteria.. In: Smith B; Sparkes AC; Caddick N Research Methods in Sport Coaching. London: Routledge, pp. 192-201.
  • Sparkes AC (2013) Autoethnography at the will of the body: Reflections on a failure to produce on time. In: Sparkes AC Contemporary British Autoethnography. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 203-212.
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2013) Inhabiting different bodies over time: Narrative and pedagogical challenges. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B New Directions in Social Theory, Education and Embodiment.. London: Routledge, pp. 95-108.
  • Sparkes AC (2013) Introduction: Autoethnography as a mode of knowing and a way of being.. In: Sparkes AC Handbook of Autoethnography. Walnut Creek, California, USA.: Left Coast Press., pp. 511-517.
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2013) Spinal cord injury, sport, and the narrative possibilities of posttraumatic growth. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B Reframing Disability and Quality of Life: A Global Perspective. London: Springer, pp. 129-143.
  • 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: Sparkes AC Autoethnography. London: Sage, pp. 175-194.
  • Sparkes AC (2013) 'The fatal flaw': A narrative of the fragile body-self. In: Sparkes AC Autoethnography. London: Sage, pp. 3-34.
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2013) Judging the Quality of Qualitative inquiry: Criteriology and Relativism in Action. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B Autoethnography. London: Sage, pp. 257-273.
  • Sparkes AC (2013) Embodiment, academics, and the audit culture: A story seeking consideration.. In: Sparkes AC Autoethnography. London: sage, pp. 401-431.
  • Sparkes AC; Batey J; Owen G (2012) The muscled self and the dynamics of shame and pride: A bodybuilding life history.. In: Sparkes AC; Batey J; Owen G Critical readings in bodybuilding. London: Routledge, pp. 107-121.
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2012) Narrative analysis as an embodied engagement with the lives of others.. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B Varieties of Narrative Analysis. London: Sage, pp. 53-73.
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2012) Embodied research methodologies and the senses in sport and physical culture: A fleshing out of problems and possibilities.. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Culture. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishihng Ltd, pp. 169-192.
  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2012) Narrative analysis in sport and physical culture.. In: Smith B; Sparkes AC Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Culture. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, pp. 88-101.
  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2012) Making sense of words and stories in qualitative research. Strategies for consideration.. In: Smith B; Sparkes AC Handbook of Measurement in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Champaign, IL. USA: Human Kinetics, pp. 119-130.
  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2012) Disability, sport and physical activity: A critical review. In: Smith B; Sparkes AC Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 336-347.
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2011) Men, Spinal Cord Injury, Memories and the Narrative Performance of Pain.. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B Sociology of Sport.. London: Sage, pp. .
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2011) Metaphor and its connections in the narrative reconstruction of body-selves following disruptive life-changing events.. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B Lived experience, metaphor and multimodality: Implications in communication, education, learning and knowledge. Greece: Athens Press, pp. 190-204.
  • Sparkes AC (2010) Performing the ageing body and the importance of place: Some brief autoethnographic moments.. In: Sparkes AC '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: Sparkes AC Qualitative Research 2. (Part of the SAGE Benchmark in Social Research Methods Series). London: Sage, pp. .
  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2010) The narrative turn in sport and exercise psychology.. In: Smith B; Sparkes AC The cultural turn in sport and exercise psychology. Morgantown, WV, USA: Fitness Information Technology., pp. 75-100.
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2008) Narrative constructionist inquiry.. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B Handbook of Constuctionist Research. New York: Guildford Publications Inc, pp. 295-314.
  • Sparkes AC (2008) Sport and physical education: Embracing new forms of representation.. In: Sparkes AC Handbook of Arts in Qualitative Research. London: Sage, pp. 653-664.
  • Sparkes AC (2008) The fatal flaw: A narrative of the fragile body-self.. In: Sparkes AC Ethnographic Discourse. London: Sage, pp. .
  • Sparkes AC (2008) Sporting heroes, autobiography and illness narratives: A brief comparison of Bob Champion and Lance Armstrong.. In: Sparkes AC Narrative, Memories and Identities. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press., pp. 113-125.
  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2007) Men, sport, spinal cord injury: Identity dilemmas, embodied time, and the construction of coherence.. In: Smith B; Sparkes AC 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: Smith B; Sparkes AC 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: Phoenix C; Sparkes AC 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: Sparkes AC; Smith B Physical Culture, Power, and the Body. London: Routledge, pp. 158-175.
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2006) When narratives matter.. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B The self in health and illness: Patients, professionals and narrative identity. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing, pp. 53-67.
  • Sparkes AC (2005) Narrative analysis: Exploring the whats and the hows of personal stories.. In: Sparkes AC Qualitative Research in Health Care. Milton Keynes, UK.: Open University Press, pp. 91-109.
  • Smith B; Sparkes AC (2005) Becoming disabled through sport: Embodied memories of pain.. In: Smith B; Sparkes AC Narrative, memory and everyday life. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press, pp. 135-142.
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2005) When metaphors matter: Men, sport, spinal cord injury, narrative types, and the reconstruction of selves.. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B Svensk Idrottspsykologisk Forening: Arsbok 2004. Sweden: Orebro Universitet Press., pp. 130-142.
  • Sparkes AC (2004) Reflections on an embodied sport and exercise psychology.. In: Sparkes AC 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: Smith B; Sparkes AC Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health, Illness and Disease. New York: Rodopi, pp. 67-82.
  • Sparkes AC; Smith B (2004) Slittede selvopfattesler og narrative rekonstruktioner.. In: Sparkes AC; Smith B Krop og Kompetence. : FADL's Forlag, pp. 119-138.
  • Sparkes AC (2003) From performance to impairment: A patchwork of embodied memories.. In: Sparkes AC Body Knowledge and Control. : Routledge, pp. 157-172.
  • Sparkes AC (2003) Bodies, identities, selves: Autoethnographic fragments and reflections.. In: Sparkes AC "Moving writing": Crafting Movement and Sport Research. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 51-76.
  • Sparkes AC (2002) Autoethnography: Self indulgence or something more?. In: Sparkes AC 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; Sparkes AC La educación física, el deporte y la salud en el siglo XXI. Spain: Marfil, Alcoy, pp. 87-99.
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