“It’s all part of the culture”: undergraduate students’ experiences of banter in university sports clubs and societies

Abell, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-6230-8551, Buglass, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-1079-8461, Betts, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-6147-8089 and Morohunfola, T., 2023. “It’s all part of the culture”: undergraduate students’ experiences of banter in university sports clubs and societies. Current Psychology. ISSN 1046-1310

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Recent research has focused on students’ experience of banter in the general university setting. However, these experiences may differ when specifically focusing on university students’ interactions in sports clubs and societies. The present study explored undergraduate students’ understanding and experiences of banter in sports clubs and societies through five focus groups (n = 24; 18–23 years, 5 male, 19 female) at one UK university using semi-structured interviews and vignettes. Thematic analysis identified three key themes: “It’s all part of the culture”, banter to excuse inappropriate behaviour, and a question of boundaries. Discussions highlighted banter was accepted and expected, but there was a sense of ‘banter fatigue’. There was awareness that banter could be used to mask harmful behaviour such as hazing and inappropriate sexual behaviour. Students also highlighted that boundaries were important when using banter, discussing how repetition can have a negative impact on the target of the banter. The study contributes to the limited literature exploring the use and perceptions of banter by students in extracurricular activities at university.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Current Psychology
Creators: Abell, L., Buglass, S., Betts, L. and Morohunfola, T.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 1 August 2023
ISSN: 1046-1310
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 07 Aug 2023 12:04
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 12:04
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/49509

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