Tre borse di dottorato presso la Glasgow Caledonian University

La Glasgow Caledonian University annuncia la disponibilità di tre borse di dottorato presso la sua nuova struttura intitolata Sport@GCU.

Si riportano qui di seguito i dettagli delle tre offerte, raccomandando di contattare direttamente i responsabili di ciascuna per avere ulteriori informazioni a riguardo. Per dettagli amministrativi e per le procedure di selezione, si veda la pagina http://www.gcu.ac.uk/research/phdstudentships/.

1. Refereeing, Power and Sports (Ref 03/05/4)
The studentship would be concerned with the social construction and mediation of refereeing and referees.  Referees have become highly visible actors in team sports, in football in particular, and this visibility is manifested in the nature and quantity of coverage now attributed to them.  Their notoriety, often hostile, masks a complexity about what we understand refereeing to be about which requires in-depth examination.  Indeed, referees are invested with power (reflected in their socio-economic status) but on the pitch and in public commentaries this power is constantly under fire.  The following issues require empirical and theoretical examination:
How are refereeing careers shaped and experienced?
How is refereeing understood in conflictual situations?
How is the referee’s knowledge of the game challenged by players, managers, the public?
How is the introduction of technology changing the refereeing process and challenging the status and power of the referee?
What role does the mediation of referees play in negotiating these tensions?
Ultimately focusing on refereeing would enable the research to contribute to debates on the nature of power in the social field of sport and more broadly in contemporary society, raising questions about public challenges to traditional forms of power-knowledge. Consequently, we envisage this studentship to draw upon a range of theoretical works by inter alia Bauman, Foucault, Goffman, Elias and Bourdieu.
Contact: Dr Emmanuelle Tulle, e.tulle@gcu.ac.uk

2. Supporters Direct and Supporter Trusts Scotland (Ref 03/05/1)
The studentship would be concerned to establish the links between sport and social policy in Scotland through an examination of football supporter organisations with links to football clubs and local communities.
Investigations into the development of sport policy in Scotland would be undertaken in conjunction with the empirical profiling of one key initiative: the development of Supporters Direct and Supporter Trust networks throughout Scottish professional football. Case studies of a selection of Supporter Trusts would be undertaken, developing appropriate methodologies able to capture quantitative and qualitative data on the significance, extent and meaning of membership. Key conceptual issues of social capital, social justice would form part of the theoretical narrative, which would draw upon the wider analysis offered by a range of sociological perspectives, both classical and contemporary.
Football is of mass appeal throughout Scotland and the UK. For many individuals and communities it is a key reference point of identity and, for some, the means through which community links find their most tangible and enduring expression. The research would contribute to a crucial area of social and public policy that links sport with community.
Contact: Dr Peter Kennedy, p.k.kennedy@gcu.ac.uk

3. The social significance of football in Glasgow (Ref 03/05/3)
This research opportunity will allow an individual to pursue scholarship related to the place of football in the city of Glasgow. Glasgow is a city with a strong tradition in the game and is home to the national stadium and the two biggest clubs in Scotland. As part of the increased internationalization of football, the game and its associated businesses have changed markedly in recent years. Whilst much research has traced aspects of the development of football in England relatively little work has engaged with important issues in Scotland. Whilst the work will be shaped and informed by a sociological approach, the specific focus of the primary research will be agreed in consultation with the research student.
Contact: Dr John Harris, john.harris@gcu.ac.uk

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