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Sport management, gender and the 'bigger picture': Challenging changes in Higher Education--A partial auto/ethnographical account

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  • Humberstone, Barbara
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    This paper focuses mainly on a the author's current experience of Higher Education and of a module concerned with gender, difference, sport and leisure made available to students studying for sport and leisure management degrees. It reviews the changed nature of the curriculum in the shifting socio-economic climate, suggesting that the neo-liberal1 turn influencing Higher Education in UK is reinforcing an organisational (university) culture which is counter productive to fostering critical gender and race awareness in both staff and students within restructured sport management programs. The approach I adopt in writing this paper is partly auto/ethnographic and as such, on occasion, it looks at the previous research and current experiences through the eyes and emotions of a senior woman academic located within a changing 'new' university culture. Auto/ethnography as research approach and autobiography as learning medium are considered. Like this abstract, I move in and out of centring myself in the text whilst interweaving writing in a more neutral 'academic' form.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Sport Management Review.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 255-262

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:spomar:v:12:y:2009:i:4:p:255-262
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    1. Zakus, Dwight H. & Malloy, David Cruise & Edwards, Allan, 2007. "Critical and Ethical Thinking in Sport Management: Philosophical Rationales and Examples of Methods," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 10(2), pages 133-158, September.
    2. Light, Richard & Dixon, Marlene A., 2007. "Contemporary Developments in Sport Pedagogy and their Implications for Sport Management Education," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 10(2), pages 159-175, September.
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