This special issue of Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ) examines the potential to combine critical psychology and sociology to create positive change in sport and physical cultural contexts. Developing a theoretically informed analytical approach to practical issues in sport and exercise, the editors seek to move beyond the longstanding divide between the sociology and psychology of sport and physical culture with contributions that contest the dichotomies of structure and agency, society and individual, macro and micro, and theory and practice. The articles enhance individuals’ experiences in practical sport and exercise contexts through research informed by a larger social critique and analysis. They emphasize the interconnections between the sociocultural and the psychological to expand critical understanding of lived experiences and inform research practices and politics in the contexts of sport and physical culture. Contributors draw from both psychological and sociological literatures to go beyond individual-based modes of analysis and intervention, critically examining the possibilities for change emanating from the individual or micro-level.
Introduction to the Special Issue
Toward New Conversations Between Sociology and Psychology Holly Thorpe, Tatiana Ryba, and Jim Denison
Embodied Subjectivities: Intersections of Discursive and Critical Psychology With Socio-Cultural Exercise Research Pirkko Markula
We Walk the Line: An Analysis of the Problems and Possibilities of Work at the Sport Psychology-Sport Sociology Nexus Ted M. Butryn, Nicole M. LaVoi, Kerri J. Kauer, Tamar Z. Semerjian, and Jennifer J. Waldron
“I had no desire to be having this battle with this faceless man on the soccer field anymore”: Exploring the Ethics of Sporting Retirement Hamish Crocket
Teaching Across the Lines of Fault in Psychology and Sociology: Health, Obesity and Physical Activity in the Canadian Context Fiona J. Moola, Moss E. Norman, LeAnne Petherick, and Shaelyn Strachan
Migration and Career Transitions in Professional Sports: Transnational Athletic Careers in a Psychological and Sociological Perspective Sine Agergaard and Tatiana V. Ryba