The promises and pitfalls of sex integration in sport and physical culture

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Channon, Alex, Dashper, Katherine, Fletcher, Thomas and Lake, Robert J. (2015) The promises and pitfalls of sex integration in sport and physical culture Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 19 (8-9). pp. 1111-1124. ISSN 1743-0437

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Abstract

Scholars working in the academic field of sport studies have long debated the relationship between modern sport and gender (e.g., Hargreaves and Anderson, 2014; Hargreaves, 1994; Lenskyj, 1986; Messner, 2002). Within this body of work, modern sport forms – along with a great diversity of related activities, including dance, fitness training, physical education, etc. – have consistently been shown to carry meanings relative to the structures of gender prevailing in the wider social settings within which they take place, with patterns of participation and consumption clearly mapping onto gendered ideals. However, rather than simply mirroring such social norms, research suggests that many sporting practices were invented or have been purposefully developed in order to train young men and women in socially-approved gender behaviors to begin with (Cahn 1994; Hargreaves 1994; Theberge, 2000). Thus, much of contemporary physical culture finds its roots in the process which scholars describe as the ‘social construction of gender’; in other words, doing sports and other activities in gender-differentiated ways has long been a means of producing and maintaining difference in the lives of men and women, girls and boys.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics on 28/12/2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17430437.2016.1116167
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L310 Applied Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies > L321 Women's Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L322 Men's studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L390 Sociology not elsewhere classified
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/17430437.2016.1116167
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2016 03:01
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 00:38
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/14710

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