Book Chapter

Reorienting the Cartography of Coaching to Pandemic Times



Maclean J (2023) Reorienting the Cartography of Coaching to Pandemic Times. In: Andrews DL, Thorpe H & Newman JI (eds.) Sport and Physical Culture in Global Pandemic Times: COVID assemblages. Cham, Switzerkand: Springer International Publishing, pp. 373-394.

This chapter reorients the cartography of coaching developed during my doctorate studies to pandemic times. Drawing inspiration from actor-network theory, I follow the actors of a national governing body of sport during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, in the translation of restrictions (e.g., lockdown, social distancing, and mask wearing) to the cartography, there were significant differences between coaching before and during the pandemic. Governing the return of sport in pandemic times became a public health concern, where the Field of Play was a site of contagion among potentially parasitic players. With that said, there is an even greater risk that coaches will return to be seen as only facilitating participation in sport. This calls for more creative ways of reimagining coaching in post-COVID times.

Latour; Actor-network theory; Reorienting; Cartography; Coaching practice; Participation in sport; COVID-19; Governing; Body of sport; Association of football

FundersEconomic and Social Research Council
Publication date31/12/2023
Publication date online31/05/2023
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Place of publicationCham, Switzerkand

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Dr Jordan Maclean

Dr Jordan Maclean

Research Assistant, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology