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Inaugural Sociology of Sport Research Group Seminar

Event details

  • 14 June 2017
  • 2.00PM - 4.00PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: No
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About | Inaugural Sociology of Sport Research Group Seminar



The Sociology of Sport Research Group aims to provide a supportive environment to encourage, challenge and inspire students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, to further their research journeys into the exciting world of the sociology of sport.

The group, led by Dr Tom Gibbons, is the student-focused arm of the Social Significance of Sport Group led by Dr Kevin Dixon within the Department of Psychology, Sport & Exercise, School of Social Sciences, Business and Law at Teesside University. A schedule of further seminars for 2017/18 will follow this opening event.

In this inaugural seminar, Dr Tony Rees will give a presentation which will be followed by an opportunity for students to ask questions and generate discussion.

Dr Rees will share the inspiring story of his research journey which started with his attendance at a summer school here at Teesside University and led to him completing his PhD in the sociology of sport 10 years later.

In his research on the social lives of racing cyclists the ethnographic methodology revealed data which took his study in a completely unanticipated direction. Through observant participation in both physical and online locations Dr Rees discovered a process of social change was taking place as a result of engagement with applications which he would later understand and refer to as 'transformative technologies'.

His thesis provides compelling evidence of the way that sports practices can rapidly evolve and his research revealed how new classifications of participants were emerging in cycling through the dominance of transformative technologies.

This promises to be an inspiring event for all undergraduate and postgraduate students, especially those interested in the sociology of sport subject area. University staff are also welcome to attend.