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McDonald, B., Burke, M.
Coaching pedagogy and athlete autonomy with Japanese university rowers
(2019) Sport in Society, 22 (8), pp. 1433-1448.

DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1621842

Open access

It has been suggested by some authors that, given the relationship between dependence and vulnerability to exploitation, a shift in coaching away from surveillance and control and towards autonomy-supportive behaviours by coaches will be conducive to athlete welfare. This paper utilizes an ethnographic approach, underpinned by the theoretical position of the later writings of Foucault, to understand the autonomous practices of athletes in a Japanese university rowing club. Of particular interest are the ways in which the relative absence of the coach contributes to athlete autonomy. The long-term sport-education of these Japanese university rowers results in an enduring subjectification that no longer requires the intervention of any coach. At the same time, these Japanese rowers still actively and autonomously engage in practices of the self, expressed in non-strategic, interactional ways. © 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Author Keywords
bukatsudo; civic education; Foucault; Japan; rowing

Index Keywords
article, athlete, education, human, human experiment, Japan, pedagogics, rowing, theoretical study, writing

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