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Sports Tourism Theory and Method—Concepts, Issues and Epistemologies

Sports Tourism Theory and Method—Concepts, Issues and Epistemologies European Sport Management Quarterly, V o l. 5, No. 3, 229/242, September 2005 GUEST EDITORIAL Sports Tourism Theory and Method /Concepts, Issues and Epistemologies MIKE WEED Loughborough University, U.K. Earlier this year I wrote a piece in ESMQ on approaches to research synthesis in sport management (Weed, 2005). This piece was subtitled ‘‘Chaos in the brickyard’’. The analogy from which this subtitle was taken was drawn by Bernard Forscher in 1963 who, commenting on the development of social science knowledge, expressed concern about what he saw as the ‘‘random’’ and often excessive production of studies (bricks) that were thrown on to the pile of research without any consideration as to how bodies of knowledge (‘‘edifices’’) could be constructed. Forscher’s analogy was constructed thus: It became difficult to find a suitable plot for construction of an edifice because the ground was covered with loose bricks. It became difficult to complete a useful edifice because, as soon as the foundations were discernable, they were buried under an avalanche of random bricks. And, saddest of all, sometimes no effort was made even to maintain the distinction between a pile of bricks and a true edifice. (Forscher, 1963, p. 35) This analogy seems http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Sport Management Quarterly Taylor & Francis

Sports Tourism Theory and Method—Concepts, Issues and Epistemologies

European Sport Management Quarterly , Volume 5 (3): 14 – Sep 1, 2005
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1746-031x
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European Sport Management Quarterly, V o l. 5, No. 3, 229/242, September 2005 GUEST EDITORIAL Sports Tourism Theory and Method /Concepts, Issues and Epistemologies MIKE WEED Loughborough University, U.K. Earlier this year I wrote a piece in ESMQ on approaches to research synthesis in sport management (Weed, 2005). This piece was subtitled ‘‘Chaos in the brickyard’’. The analogy from which this subtitle was taken was drawn by Bernard Forscher in 1963 who, commenting on the development of social science knowledge, expressed concern about what he saw as the ‘‘random’’ and often excessive production of studies (bricks) that were thrown on to the pile of research without any consideration as to how bodies of knowledge (‘‘edifices’’) could be constructed. Forscher’s analogy was constructed thus: It became difficult to find a suitable plot for construction of an edifice because the ground was covered with loose bricks. It became difficult to complete a useful edifice because, as soon as the foundations were discernable, they were buried under an avalanche of random bricks. And, saddest of all, sometimes no effort was made even to maintain the distinction between a pile of bricks and a true edifice. (Forscher, 1963, p. 35) This analogy seems

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