Understanding the "Lived experience" of sport event volunteers: Using the hermeneutic circle as a guiding conceptual framework

Susanne Gellweiler, Nicholas Wise, Tom Fletcher

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Abstract

This conceptual article presents an understanding of the term experience and lived experience by detailing the hermeneutic circle as a guiding framework to capture the volunteer journey of sport event volunteers. Sport event volunteering research has seen increased interest in the past decade, and this article acknowledges that there is a need to reconsider foundation understandings of the notion of experience. Because previous research has encouraged academics to focus less on the structure of experiences, it is therefore necessary to concentrate on meanings that further consider lived experiences as they are produced by individuals. Volunteering at a sport event represents a journey that can be captured at different stages, and this is can be done by putting emphasis on research participants' meanings and memories, as outlined in the conceptual model presented in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-641
Number of pages13
JournalEvent Management
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Experience
  • Hermeneutic circle
  • Lived experience
  • Volunteer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing

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