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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Aronstam, Maurice Albert
URN etd-09272010-130300
Document Title Making sense of lying to federal agents in the U.S.A : the Marion Jones narrative
Degree Master of Arts
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Prof L H Human Supervisor
  • doping
  • identity
  • identities
  • narrative analysis
  • three-dimensional space approach
  • professional athlete
  • sport psychology
  • Marion Jones
  • banned substances
Date 2010-09-03
Availability unrestricted

This research project investigated how a professional athlete made sense of lying to federal investigators regarding her use of a prohibited substance. More specifically, it investigated how Marion Jones made sense of her experiences through the construction of identity(ies). The constructionism position of narrative was used to determine how Jones gave meaning to significant experiences and constructed a narrative, and how this narrative was constructive of her identity(ies). The three-dimensional space approach of narrative analysis was used as my methodological position. The analysis was done on an interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey on Marion Jones as part of a broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show. This was Jonesí first public appearance aftere her release from a six month prison sentence for lying to federal investigators. The analysis revealed the construction of three identities in her narrative. The athlete identity was constructed as one of the past, the felon identity as in the present, and the person identity is constructed as the identity that she will take into the future. Jones makes sense of lying to federal investigators as allowing these identities to develop and leave her with a positive future. This research project contributed to the field of sport psychology by investigating how a professional athlete made sense of her lying to federal investigators regarding her use of a prohibited substance and recommended that the construction of multiple dominant identities may allow for alternative options for professional athletes regarding their doping behaviour.

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Aronstam, MA 2010, Making sense of lying to federal agents in the U.S.A : the Marion Jones narrative, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-09272010-130300/ >


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