Bridging Sociology: MindSport Studies
The aim of this project is to create a new academic field, the sociology of mindsport. This includes developing a new undergraduate module: Sociology of Sport, Mindsport and Leisure. The sociology of mindsport fits academically between sport studies and leisure studies.
This work is informed by literature reviews on bridge, chess and poker. It considers how to define and conceptualise mindsports, as well as the societal challenges and benefits of a more inclusive approach to mindsport. The project began in 2017 and is ongoing.
BAMSA, University of Stirling
Snellgrove, M.L. and Punch, S. (2022) ‘Negotiating Insider Research through Reactive Collaboration: Challenges, Issues and Failures,’ Qualitative Research Journal
Maclean,J., Hay, G., Ballinger, C., Nicholson, E., Biriotti, M. and Punch, S. (2023) Bridging Insights: Developing a Marketing Strategy for Bridge, Bridge2Bridge, BAMSA and SHM Productions Report.
Snellgrove, M.L. (2019) ‘Taking Bridge Seriously’, Discover Society
Punch, S. (2020) ‘Bridge: A MindSport for All’, Leisure Studies Association
BAMSA (2021) Marketing Bridge, 4th International Bridge Conference, Bridging Academia, Policy and Practice, 1 July 2021, University of Stirling.
Nicholson, E., Ballinger. C., Biriotti, M., Maclean, J. and Punch, S. (2021) Thinking Outside the ‘Bidding Box’: Marketing Bridge to New Players, 4th International Bridge Conference, Bridging Academia, Policy and Practice, 1 July 2021, University of Stirling.
Punch, S. and Snellgrove, M.L. (2019) ‘Keep Bridge Alive: Challenges and Opportunities’, Brain and Mind: Promoting Individual and Community Wellbeing International Conference, Catholic University of Croatia, Zagreb, 12 December 2019