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Sport and Gender Relations

Liston, Katie/K (2006) Sport and Gender Relations. Sport in Society, 9 (4). pp. 616-633. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17430430600768868

DOI: 10.1080/17430430600768868


Modern sports appear to have a historically variable relative autonomy; that is to say, what happens in sport can be explained by looking at the changing balances of power between the groups involved in sports, the integration of sports in wider social figurations such as national societies, and the stage of development of wider social totalities. Using the figurational sociological perspective, this essay uses Eric Dunning's work on sport and gender (since the 1960s) to investigate further aspects of: (i) the position of different sporting disciplines in the overall status hierarchy of sports in Ireland; (ii) particular female athletes' positions within these sports; (iii) the consequences of social relations for the self-conceptions of masculine and feminine habituses; and (iv), the ways in which changes in the self-images and social make-up of male and female athletes in Ireland (as elsewhere) go hand in hand with changes in the social structure of gender relations more generally. The essay, therefore, is an attempt to outline and summarize the relevance of Dunning's work to our understanding of aspects of the sport-gender nexus in Western societies and, secondly, makes a (modest) contribution towards ‘a sociology of sport in the Republic of Ireland’.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:sport, gender, Ireland, power relations
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
ID Code:21593
Deposited By: Dr Katie Liston
Deposited On:17 Apr 2012 09:07
Last Modified:17 Apr 2012 09:07

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