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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Van der Berg, Louis Jan
Email info@psychpractice.co.za
URN etd-05192008-113718
Document Title The experience of female cyclists participating in a cycling club at a South African university
Degree MA (Counselling Psychology)
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Dr L H Human Supervisor
  • history
  • patriarchal
  • tertiary institution
  • female
  • friendship
  • dependence
  • experiences
  • qualitative research
  • narratives
  • cycling club
  • university
  • cycling
  • learning
  • gender
  • culture
  • contrasts
  • self development
  • ineffectiveness
Date 2007-09-05
Availability unrestricted

The study focuses on the experiences of female cyclists who participate in the cycling club at a tertiary institution in South Africa. By qualitatively exploring these experiences an attempt was made to understand how female cyclists narrate themselves within a specific context.

In embarking on this research I have worked from a narrative position that focuses on experiences that people live on a daily basis. The way people tell about these experiences allows them to make sense of their lives. People’s experiences are shaped by history and culture which allows them to tell their narratives differently as context and time differs.

The methodology employed is that of narrative analysis which entails attending, telling, transcribing, analysing and reading the text presented by the participants. Themes introduced by the participants were analysed and commented upon by the researcher in the final chapters.

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