(De)Constructing Paula Radcliffe: Exploring media representations of elite running, pregnancy and motherhood through cultural sport psychology

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  • Additional Information
    • Affiliation:
      Laurentian University, Canada
    • Keywords:
      Qualitative
      Running
      Motherhood
      Cultural context
      Cultural sport psychology
    • Abstract:
      Objectives Little is known about elite athletes who are mothers within the context of sociocultural expectations concerning motherhood and sport. The aim of this study was to extend such understanding by examining how the media manages and constructs one elite athlete's (Paula Radcliffe) identities within the context of motherhood and sport.
    • Abstract:
      Method A textual analysis (see McKee, 2003) of two issues of Runner's World magazine (March 2008, October, 2010) surrounding elite British marathon runner Paula Radcliffe's pregnancies was conducted. Visual data analysis of 37 images (see Griffin, 2010) further contextualized textual meaning(s).
    • Abstract:
      Results Radcliffe's identities were constructed within a higher order narrative: pregnancy and motherhood as redemption. This narrative had fluid meanings depending on how it framed two contrasting identities: 1. athlete and mother as one and 2. primarily a mother; athlete as secondary. An athlete and mother as one identity reinforced an elite athlete identity and high performance narrative. A primarily mother, athlete as secondary identity was linked to athletic accomplishments being downplayed and/or sacrificed in favour of motherhood.
    • Abstract:
      Conclusions This study opens a new window of cultural understanding and possibility for research and application concerning motherhood and athletic identities. These findings add to the cultural sport psychology and qualitative literature exploring elite mothering athletes.
    • Abstract:
      @@@@Highlights ► We extend understandings of how the media constructs one elite runner's motherhood identities. ► Meanings were explored through cultural sport psychology, textual and visual analysis. ► Specific identities were constructed through a pregnancy and motherhood as redemption narrative. ► Specific identities and meanings had psychological and behavioural implications.
    • ISSN:
      1469-0292
    • Accession Number:
      10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.06.005
    • Accession Number:
      S1469029212000842
    • Copyright:
      Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MCGANNON, K. R. et al. (De)Constructing Paula Radcliffe: Exploring media representations of elite running, pregnancy and motherhood through cultural sport psychology. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, [s. l.], v. 13, n. 6, p. 820–829, 2012. DOI 10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.06.005. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edselp&AN=S1469029212000842. Acesso em: 26 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      McGannon KR, Curtin K, Schinke RJ, Schweinbenz AN. (De)Constructing Paula Radcliffe: Exploring media representations of elite running, pregnancy and motherhood through cultural sport psychology. Psychology of Sport & Exercise. 2012;13(6):820-829. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.06.005
    • APA:
      McGannon, K. R., Curtin, K., Schinke, R. J., & Schweinbenz, A. N. (2012). (De)Constructing Paula Radcliffe: Exploring media representations of elite running, pregnancy and motherhood through cultural sport psychology. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 13(6), 820–829. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.06.005
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      McGannon, Kerry R., Kim Curtin, Robert J. Schinke, and Amanda N. Schweinbenz. 2012. “(De)Constructing Paula Radcliffe: Exploring Media Representations of Elite Running, Pregnancy and Motherhood through Cultural Sport Psychology.” Psychology of Sport & Exercise 13 (6): 820–29. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.06.005.
    • Harvard:
      McGannon, K. R. et al. (2012) ‘(De)Constructing Paula Radcliffe: Exploring media representations of elite running, pregnancy and motherhood through cultural sport psychology’, Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 13(6), pp. 820–829. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.06.005.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      McGannon, KR, Curtin, K, Schinke, RJ & Schweinbenz, AN 2012, ‘(De)Constructing Paula Radcliffe: Exploring media representations of elite running, pregnancy and motherhood through cultural sport psychology’, Psychology of Sport & Exercise, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 820–829, viewed 26 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      McGannon, Kerry R., et al. “(De)Constructing Paula Radcliffe: Exploring Media Representations of Elite Running, Pregnancy and Motherhood through Cultural Sport Psychology.” Psychology of Sport & Exercise, vol. 13, no. 6, Nov. 2012, pp. 820–829. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.06.005.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      McGannon, Kerry R., Kim Curtin, Robert J. Schinke, and Amanda N. Schweinbenz. “(De)Constructing Paula Radcliffe: Exploring Media Representations of Elite Running, Pregnancy and Motherhood through Cultural Sport Psychology.” Psychology of Sport & Exercise 13, no. 6 (November 1, 2012): 820–29. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.06.005.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      McGannon KR, Curtin K, Schinke RJ, Schweinbenz AN. (De)Constructing Paula Radcliffe: Exploring media representations of elite running, pregnancy and motherhood through cultural sport psychology. Psychology of Sport & Exercise [Internet]. 2012 Nov 1 [cited 2020 Nov 26];13(6):820–9. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edselp&AN=S1469029212000842