This volume outlines existing research relating to gender in physical culture. The introductory chapter employs Lamont and Molnàr’s (2002) idea of ‘boundaries’ as visible and invisible socially constructed borders that create social differences, as the theoretical framework for the book. Seven empirically-driven case studies follow which, on the one hand, demonstrate how boundary ‘work’ has taken and is taking place at the level of media, institutions, communities and individuals; and on the other hand, show how individuals, groups of individuals and organisations challenge and change dominant gender discourses and practices. The wide variety of rich case materials reveal how gender ideals not only normalize, but are actively and purposefully negotiated and transformed to create individualised and inclusive physical culture contexts. The final chapter explores how the book builds on and extends existing gender and physical culture research.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Sport in Society.
1. Shifting, crossing and transforming gender boundaries in physical cultures Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Karin Grahn and Eva-Carin Lindgren
2. The illegal transgression: discourse analysis of the media perception of the transgressive aesthetic of performance and display in top-level sports Sandra Günter
3. Approaching a gender neutral PE-culture? An exploration of the phase of a divergent PE-culture Suzanne Lundvall
4. History of Swiss feminine gymnastics between competition and feminization (1950–1990) Grégory Quin
5. ‘It has really amazed me what my body can now do’: boundary work and the construction of a body-positive dance community Joanne Hill, Rachel Sandford and Eimear Enright
6. Gendered body ideals in Swedish competitive youth swimming: negotiating and shifting symbolic boundaries Karin Grahn
7. Health-related gender boundary crossing in youth elite sport Astrid Schubring and Ansgar Thiel
8. Hanging up the shirt: an autoethnographic account of disengaging from a social rugby culture Dean Barker and Natalie Barker-Ruchti
9. Gender and the ‘cultural turn’ in the study of sport and physical cultures Susan J. Bandy
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.