‘To hell and back’: autobiographical narratives of masculinity, injury and recovery within Formula One racing

Mottau, J. (2018) ‘To hell and back’: autobiographical narratives of masculinity, injury and recovery within Formula One racing. Masters theses, University of Chichester.

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Historically, the study of motorsport culture has been overlooked within both socio-cultural and wider sport psychological literature (Matthews & Pike, 2016; Pflugfelder, 2009). To date, no published study has examined the role that masculine identities have in facilitating or hindering the recovery of injuries sustained via motorsport racing. The present study addresses this concern by conducting an existential narrative analysis on the autobiographies of two former formula one drivers. In line with the recommendations of Smith and Sparkes (2016), the present researcher conducted three types of traditional narrative analyses: holistic-form, holistic-content, and categorical-content (Lieblich, Tuval-Mashiach, & Zilber, 1998). Three superordinate themes emerged from the analysed verbatim accounts: “There is the hole and I want to fall into it”, “The fact is you have to play the hard man on occasions”, “And who was I now?” The present findings largely suggest that the promotion of values associated with ‘heroic masculinity’ might assist in the redevelopment of lost athletic identity, as well as optimise the recovery outcomes for injured motorsport athletes.

Publication Type: Theses (Masters)
Additional Information: MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Exercise Physiology
Student Research > Masters
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 14:31
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2020 14:31
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5451

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