Mathew and Me: a musical performance autoethnography exploring same-sex attraction in sport

David Carless*

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Abstract

Mathew and Me is a musical performance autoethnography that explores embodied experiences of same-sex attraction between men within heteronormative sport cultures. The performance comprises a layering of original songs, performance poetry, and personal narrative. Songwriting is used as a critical arts-based methodology to discover, interrogate, and communicate fragmentary, sensory, and embodied remembrances of lived experience. Alongside a textual representation of the performance, reflections are offered on the two methodological issues: first, the challenges of sharing music and songs within conventional academic publication and, second, the possibilities and nuances of songwriting as a methodology for critical qualitative inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Inquiry
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • critical arts-based research
  • music
  • authethography
  • same-sex attraction
  • songwriting

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