Volleyball – An Ethnographic Drama

Author: Adrian Blackledge, Angela Creese

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Multilingual Matters
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245mm x 174mm

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This book is both research report and performance piece. Here is a team of researchers as they study communication on the volleyball court. And here are the voices and actions of the volleyball coach and his players as they practise and play. Research in process and research findings are represented in a play script which brings vividly to life both ethnographic research methods and communication in the world of sport. This highly original book adds innovation and imagination to the representation of language in social life.

Through this amazing and engaging feat of verbal ballet, Blackledge and Creese don't just help readers understand the complex, multisemiotic play of social interaction — they make them feel it. This play will change the way you think about reporting research findings. It will also change the way you watch or participate in sports, or any other embodied collective undertaking.

Rodney Jones, University of Reading, UK

This book pushes for alternative representations of research in a refreshing and entertaining way. By highlighting 'difference within repetition', the authors address aspects of research data that usually get lost in traditional ethnographies. The play script culminates in an increasing overlap between participants' and researchers' voices, showing how a well-oiled team ethnography becomes an act of coordination.

Annelies Kusters, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Wonderfully critical and creative at the same time, this ethnographic drama on volleyball puts in the limelight the conditions and consequences of scientific knowledge production. At the same time, it is a compelling example of how to do it differently. This book gets a standing ovation.

Sari Pietikäinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Adrian Blackledge is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Stirling, UK. He has published widely on both multilingualism and sociolinguistics. He was Birmingham Poet Laureate from 2014-2016.

Angela Creese is Professor of Linguistic Ethnography at the University of Stirling, UK. She has published widely on multilingualism and ethnographic methods. Together with Adrian Blackledge she is the author of Voices of a City Market: An Ethnography (Multilingual Matters, 2019) and Interpretations – An Ethnographic Drama (Multilingual Matters, 2021).

Text Conventions

Volleyball – An Ethnographic Drama

Act I
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Act II
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       Scene 3
       Scene 4
       Scene 5

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Act IV
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