‘Handshakes, BBQs, and bullets’: self-interest, shame and regret in football coaching

Potrac, Paul, Jones, Robyn L, Gilbourne, Dave and Nelson, Lee (2012) ‘Handshakes, BBQs, and bullets’: self-interest, shame and regret in football coaching. Sports Coaching Review, 1 (2). pp. 79-92. ISSN 2164-0629 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2013.768418

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This autoethnographic story explores the competitive, calculating, and often uncaring world of performance football coaching. Particular attention is given to the dilemmas I (the first author) faced, the choices I made, and the consequences of my actions within the coaching context. Bauman's work on liquid relationships is suggested as a lens through which my story can be viewed. By highlighting its political and emotional nature, this article seeks to contribute to an evolving problematic epistemology of sports coaching; one that seeks to extend beyond continuing rationalistic and ‘heroic’ accounts of practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Sociology
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 08:50
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/5694

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