Norms, Culture and Identity

Peter Hassmén, Richard Keegan, David Piggott

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Stereotypical thinking is threatening progress, not the least within our field of sport and exercise psychology. If you belong to the ‘in-group’ you may not even think that you are privileged, but if you belong to the ‘out-group’ it is sometimes a rather frustrating experience. Consider language for example: in the early days German was the language of science; nowadays English has taken over. It is hardly surprising then that native English speaking researchers dominate almost every field, and that non-native speakers struggle to make their voice heard. Not because of their ideas or study designs, but because their way of presenting their findings may not be up to scratch—from the perspective of the prevailing norm and culture that determines what is acceptable—according to editors and peer-reviewers. The consequences of exclusion are severe, and our call in this chapter is therefore to work towards inclusion, diversity and pluralism, thereby reducing bias and conservatism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Sport and Exercise Psychology Research
Subtitle of host publicationPast, Present and Future
EditorsPeter Hassmén, Richard Keegan, David Piggott
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781137483386
ISBN (Print)9781137483379
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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