Truth or dare: examining the perils, pains and pitfalls of investigative methodologies in the sociology of sport

John Sugden

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Good investigative sociology and high-quality investigative journalism are not just the same but they are close relatives. For both professions, getting under the surface soil of social life, digging deeply into and making coherent sense of the social experience of others, and translating those findings and interpretations into a universal language for widespread consumption are hugely challenging tasks. Understanding the difference and similarities regarding how sociologists and investigative journalists go about this task raises fundamental philosophical, epistemological, ethical, methodological, theoretical and practical concerns, the outline considerations of which are all featured in this article.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-207
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


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