A study of Martin Buber's I-Thou and I-It relationships in sport

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Joy Theresa Desensi (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Rosemary McGee

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the potential for Martin Buber's I-Thou relationship during professional sport competition. The interview technique was chosen as the data collection procedure and a semi-structured interview was constructed incorporating questions within all five characteristics of the I-Thou encounter (mutuality, directness, presentness, intensity, and ineffability). During August and September of 1979, five professional athletes were interviewed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Two women and three men representing the sports of tennis, football, ice hockey, and soccer participated in the interview process. The recorded interviews were transcribed and reviewed for evidence regarding the possibility of the I-Thou relationship during competition. In addition, information concerning how the athletes described characteristics of the I-Thou relationship and I-It experiences in their sport was sought.

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Language: English
Date: 1980
Buber, Martin, $d 1878-1965. $t Ich und du
Professionalism in sports

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