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Ethical considerations in researching sport and social entrepreneurship
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9971-5353
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3970-9792
2016 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We have conducted research on social issues, entrepreneurship and sport in a transitionary society. Special attention has been given practices aiming at producing social values, but which do not harmonise with the organised (competitive) sports movement. The research has brought us very close to the objects of our studies. The purpose of the paper is to identify and to discuss ethical dilemmas that occur when studying sport practices that cross boundaries between sectors in society and also social orders within those sectors. Methodologically our concerns are dilemmas that have challenged us over a period of five years of research. These are analysed using theories both of value ethical theories, and of politics and sociology, explaining processes related to crossing boundaries, societal sectors and social orders. We define the "social good" based on the state's goal of sport (apart from the elite goal). The cases of our concern are often underpinned by entrepreneurship. Being exposed to research may be a way for the entrepreneur to legitimize the practice and to strengthen the "brand". The researchers, on the other hand, are met by people who willingly show and tell "legends" about the cultured "brand". Entrepreneurs often crosses boundaries. Within each sector there is a variety of "social orders". Valid resources and capital in one might not be so in others. What is legal within the framework of a societal sector can be illegal in another. If we as researchers become aware that other parts of the practice are not within the frames of this societal sector, must we report it further even if this part was not the research focus? How do we handle the situation?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sport Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60174OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60174DiVA: diva2:1068242
Conference
13 th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, EASS, Kopenhagen, Denmark, May 4-7, 2016. Sport in the City – Urbanity, Mobility and Social Change
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation
Available from: 2017-01-24 Created: 2017-01-24 Last updated: 2017-02-14Bibliographically approved

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