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dc.contributor.advisorDelaney, Kevin
dc.creatorWatts, Alison J.
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-05T16:10:02Z
dc.date.available2020-11-05T16:10:02Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.other864884893
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/3796
dc.description.abstractBreaking out of the traditional expectations of femininity, women participating in sports, particularly physically aggressive sports, challenge the dominant framework of a sex/gender binary. The reading of essential difference between the bodies of men and women has been central to the history of women's involvement in sports. Historically, women's bodies have been considered incommensurable with and even in danger of damage from participation within the male world of sport. In the current climate of sport, women athletes embody a peculiar dilemma as their participation is often encouraged provided that they maintain an appropriately feminine appearance. Prior research has provided a somewhat limited analysis of the dilemma that women athletes face in embodying femininity and athleticism, often reporting the experiences of a homogenous group of sporting women. To better understand the complex ways that athletes negotiate gender and the body, I focus on the experiences of a diverse group of women athletes. In particular, I pursue the following question: how do women athletes negotiate gender and the body in relation to multiple subject positions, such as those associated with gender, sexuality, race, and type of sport played? To answer this question, I conduct 5 focus group interviews using photo-interviewing and 40 in-depth interviews with athletes in basketball, soccer, and volleyball. The results indicate that women athletes' negotiations of gender and the body are highly influenced by the intersections of race, sexuality, and the type of sport played. Women athletes negotiate gender and the body in complex and ways that both reinscribe and challenge heterosexualized gender norms. While the embodied experiences of these athletes sometimes reinforce assumptions about gendered bodies, they also, at times, present the potential for more fluid and capacious understandings of gendered bodies. As such, these women athletes expose our knowledge about gendered bodies as contested and tenuous. I conclude by presenting areas of future research that arise from the findings in this study.
dc.format.extent197 pages
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTemple University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartofTheses and Dissertations
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dc.subjectSociology
dc.subjectGender
dc.subjectIdentity
dc.subjectSport
dc.subjectThe Body
dc.subjectWomen
dc.titleEmbodied Conflict: Women Athletes Negotiating the Body and Identity
dc.typeText
dc.type.genreThesis/Dissertation
dc.contributor.committeememberEricksen, Julia A.
dc.contributor.committeememberVila, Pablo
dc.contributor.committeememberAlpert, Rebecca T. (Rebecca Trachtenberg)
dc.description.departmentSociology
dc.relation.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/3778
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dc.description.degreePh.D.
refterms.dateFOA2020-11-05T16:10:02Z


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